Dave Franco’s character of Pete is officially gay in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’
Dave Franco’s character of Pete returns in the sequel to the 2014 comedy Neighbors but this time he’s officially gay.
In Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Pete will be in a relationship with a man and on the verge of getting married.
‘I was so excited,’ Franco tells Yahoo News.
‘Even though I’m not on screen for a significant amount of time, hopefully it will be very memorable. And of course I was excited to try something new with the character while still maintaining his essence.’
In the first movie, the signs were there that Pete had an attraction to frat bro Teddy (Zac Efron) and there was some thought to have the character be gay in the first place.
‘Clearly, we’re playing with the homoerotic tension there, and I was like, “He should just be gay,”‘ director Nicholas Stoller says.
‘Then in this one, it came up again. (Co-writer) Evan Goldberg brought it up, and he said, “I think he should be gay, and part of (his arc) should be the proposal.” It was kind of all of us coming to the same conclusion.’
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising reunites Efron and Franco with Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne who play a young married couple who are trying to shut down the sorority next door to their house because they are trying the sell.
In the first film, Efron and Franco were part of the fraternity house next door that was their nemesis.
The film hits theaters on May 20 and includes a scene where a near-naked Efron gets oiled up and dances for a large crowd.