Jake Gyllenhaal on “Profound Realization” with Heath Ledger on “Brokeback Mountain”

Seventeen years after the release of the Academy Award-winning film Brokeback Mountain, star Jake Gyllenhaal is revisiting his neo-Western heritage.

Gyllenhaal played cowboy Jack Twist, who begins a decades-long secret affair with farmer Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger), despite the fact that they both have husbands at home, played by Anne Hathaway and Michelle Williams.

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In a new video interview with Vanity Fair, Gyllenhaal looks back at the Brokeback Mountain legacy almost two decades after its launch in 2005.

“The relationship between me and Heath while I was making this film was something that was based on a deep love for the many people we met and raised in our lives, a deep respect for their love and relationship.” , Gyllenhaal. said.

The “Ambulance” actor added: “There were a lot of jokes about the movie or jokes about it. And [Ledger’s] perfect devotion to how serious and important the relationship between these two characters was – it showed me how devoted he was as an actor and how devoted we were to both the story and the film. ”

Gyllenhaal also shared a moment he often looks back on when it comes to the “Brokeback” reception.

“Heath and I went to a Q&A at the Aero Theater in Los Angeles, and I remember going to dinner while the movie was being shown. And I remember joking behind the scenes and I remember going on stage in a humorous way because we were just having fun with each other, ”said Gyllenhaal. “We sat down, the lights came on and a man got up – and the movie had been running for a week and a half – and he said, ‘I just want to say it’s the 11th time I’ve seen this movie and I don’t I can stop watching him and I just want to thank you all for doing it. And I thought, 11 times in 10 days. ”

The “Night Animals” star continued: “I remember this washing on us. We made fun of each other before moving on, and then we got to the bottom of it. It’s been happening to this day and I can’t express how proud I am of it. “

Gyllenhaal previously spoke about Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain,” which helped destigmatize heterosexual actors who play queer characters. The actor also revealed in 2019 that the late co-star Ledger refused to let the people he met escape by making homophobic “Brokeback” jokes. Apparently, Ledger even turned down the 2007 Oscars because of jokes about the film’s love story.

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