The 2005 Ang Lee film, Brokeback Mountain, is famous for its brave and complex depiction of male homosexuality within a small-town working class community. The film’s release triggered a swarm of media induced rumours surrounding the sexuality of its stars.
Jake Gyllenhaal was one of the targets but he recently claimed the onslaught of press whisperings were in fact a “huge compliment” to him. We couldn’t agree more: his performance was clearly so amazing that everyone thought it was real!
In Brokeback Mountain, Jake acted opposite the late, totally great, Heath Ledger. Both actors played American cowboys struggling to come to terms with their romantic feelings for one another.
Appearing in a soon-to-air episode of Inside the Actor’s Studio, Gyllenhaal reflected on Heath’s tragic death, stating that his co-star is missed “to this day” and that losing him was like “losing a family member”.
“Heath and I knew each other for years before that because we had both auditioned for Moulin Rouge together. And I remember thinking, ‘I like this guy. He’s just like, super-lovable’.”
Along with talking about his experiences filming Brokeback Mountain, Gyllenhaal reflects on his other famous roles in Donnie Darko and End of Watch as well as his upcoming film, Prisoners. We will also see Gyllenhaal chat to James Lipton about his relationship with his immediate family members, including his producer mother, Naomi Foner, his director father, Stephen Gyllenhaal, and his famous sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Gyllenhaal’s Inside the Actor’s Studio episode airs next Thursday, September 19 on Bravo.