Spoiler Alert: ‘D Train’ Takes Bisexual Attraction all the Way
Although it’s a major plot point, many film reviewers decided to reveal that the bromance in the movie “The D Train” takes it all the way. There’s a much-discussed sex scene between handsome James Marsden (who plays a bisexual actor) and Jack Black (a heterosexual schlub who can’t forget their one-time liaison).
For both of the actors, it’s considered some of their best work. And, unlike many bromance films from the past, this is one of the few where the masculine sexual tension is actually taken to a physical level.
The story was written by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, who also co-wrote “Yes Man” with a bisexual role for Jim Carrey. Jack Black plays Dan, a high school alumni organizer of a class reunion, and he tries to get Marsden to come to the party. They also have a secret. Dan has a wife and teenage son, Oliver is cool, ripped and out as bisexual. Oliver seduces Dan.
Then, Dan surprises himself by becoming jealous, and wanting their one-night stand to continue in a relationship. He hides the attraction from his wife, but obsesses on Oliver, wanting to know if they’re wearing the same color underwear and other oddly personal things. Dan seems to be exploring his own bisexual side of his former classmate.
According to interviews leading up to the release of the film, Black was attracted to the role because of his character’s bisexual nature.
Overall, the writers say that knowing the bromance goes-all-the-way doesn’t spoil the movie, because that’s not really what it is all about.
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Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]