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Gay Cupid Shot Down in Valentines Day


New York magazine asks why Warner Bros. appears to be hiding the romance between Bradley Cooper and Eric Dane in the new romantic comedy Valentine's Day.

According to the magazine's Vulture blog, the trailers and TV commercials for the romantic comedy suggest that Cooper and Julia Roberts fall for each other while chatting on an airplane.

"However, it turns out that, in the film, Cooper only has eyes for Eric Dane; the whole Roberts angle that gets so much play in the trailers is just a red herring meant to distract audiences from this coupling of two extremely good-looking dudes," reports Vulture.

According to Vulture, Cooper is an actor who seems comfortable playing gay, which likely rules out any theories about pressure from his camp to play down the gay angle.

"We're not exactly sure why Warner Bros. would bury this in their promotional campaign, unless they were concerned that it might scare potential ticket-buyers into going to see something else at the theaters this weekend," writes Vulture. "One could float the theory that Cooper's agents and management team insisted on keeping this plot element out of the marketing materials (and therefore not 'harming' Cooper's new reputation as a studly, macho, womanizing action star), but considering that this is at least the second time that Cooper has portrayed a gay man on film (the other being Wet Hot American Summer), it seems as if he's comfortable with his sexuality and wouldn't be the type to resort to this sort of deception."

Watch the trailer below.

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