Celebrity bromances: constructing, interpreting and utilising personas

Celia Lam, Raphael

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This comprehensive work presents a thorough exploration of celebrity ‘bromances,’ interrogating how bromances are portrayed in media and consumed by audiences to examine themes of celebrity persona, performativity, and authenticity.

The authors examine how the performance of intimate male friendships functions within broadly ‘Western’ celebrity culture from three primary perspectives: construction of persona; interactions with audiences and fans; and commodification. Case studies from film and television are used to illustrate the argument that, regardless of their authenticity (real or staged), bromances are useful for engaging audiences and creating an extension of entertainment beyond the film the actors originally sought to promote.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOxon
Number of pages158
ISBN (Electronic)9781003093329
ISBN (Print)9780367553982
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2022


  • celebrity culture
  • bromance
  • media
  • capital


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