Billy Eichner said the late gay actor Leslie Jordan “paved the way” for the “rest of us”.
The creator of Funny Or Die’s Billy On The Street said he was still “shocked and saddened” by Jordan’s death, after the Will And Grace star died Monday at the age of 67 following a crash. car.
Eichner, 44, said the UK’s celebrity Big Brother contestant, known for his uplifting Instagram videos, promoted his LGBT + Bros movie to his followers.
Speaking at the Bros premiere in London, the actor told the PA news agency that he wrote to Jordan to thank him for talking about the film and said, “You’re a legend.”
Jordan said, then replied, “I love you Billy.”
Eichner, who starred in American Horror Story, as well as Jordan, added, “An image of him appears in Bros in one of our fictional Christmas movie posters and we had to get his permission for that and I know him.
“He’s so sad. I’m really shocked and terribly sad to have lost him, especially since he really had to lead the way for the rest of us.
“I remember seeing Leslie Jordan, she starred off Broadway like 25 years ago about her gay life in the south and (I’ve been following) her success ever since.”
Eichner’s new film, Bros, is one of the first gay romantic comedies released by a major studio.
He added that “historically” LGBT + characters have not been seen, but now things are changing.
He told PA: “We need big studios to show up and tell our (LGBT +) stories and represent ourselves. I hope we are contributing to this. “
His co-star and love interest in the film, Luke Macfarlane, said, “I think the more stories we tell with queer characters, the easier it is to accept it.”
The 42-year-old actor is known for his gay storyline on the American drama series Brother And Sisters and was released in 2008.
He told PA that he is happy that his friends and family “always let him know that his most authentic self is his most interesting self” and he is “shit” if your life isn’t like that.
When asked if he thought the film had changed his mind, Bros director Nicholas Stoller said his friends’ parents who are “two very religious elderly couples” told him they “love” Bros.
The 46-year-old added: “They loved it. (They said) it was moving and such a moving story.
“It was something I was hoping and expecting and it’s quite recognizable.
“It’s a human love story.”
Bros will be released in theaters on October 28th.