This month the highly-anticipated sitcom Partners premiered, with Michael Urie and David Krumholtz playing best friends and business partners inspired by the real-life friendship between Will & Grace creators Max Mutchnik and David Kohan. The big deal is, of course, that these two guys are best friends despite one’s being straight and the other’s being gay. I know – CAN YOU IMAGINE?!?!
Yes, we can. Though our entertainments tend to like to plop us gay guys at the ladies’ table, many of us have wonderfully rich relationships with straight men, sexualities be damned. And while Partners may be the highest-profile project that specifically tackles the topic of “bro/’mos” (PATENT PENDING), over the years there have been some great movies and shows that have featured best buds who bat for different teams. Here are a few of our faves.
Wallace and Scott – Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
The relationship between aloof, sarcastic Wallace (Kieran Culkin) and hopeless nerdlinger Scott (Michael Cera) in this romantic teen fantasia is probably one of the sweetest gay/straight best friendships ever. The guys are so broke that they even share a bed (sometimes with Wallace’s guests), but there’s no intimation of anything going on beyond genuine fraternal affection. It’s completely devoid of gay panic (if anything, Wallace suffers from a bit of straight panic) and utterly charming.
Calvin and Rusty – Greek
When Greek premiered on ABC Family, it was groundbreaking for more than its warts-and-all look at hard-partying fraternities and sororities: it also featured an endearing friendship between dorky straight lead Rusty (Jacob Zachar) and his first campus friend, gay athlete Calvin (Paul James).
Maxxie and Anwar – Skins
Though it was fraught with more angst than most of the entries on this list, the friendship between gay firebrand Maxxie (Mitch Hewer) and his conflicted straight best mate Anwar (Dev Patel) was unshakable. They had to deal with learned homophobia, religious intolerance, racism, stalkers, and lots more along the way, but the guys made it through with their friendship in tact.