I miss him as a human being and i miss working with him and what an unfortunate thing it is that we won't be able to see the beauty of his expression, says "Brokeback Mountain" actor Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal is busy promoting "Southpaw" at the moment.
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In a recent interview with NPR, the “Nightcrawler” and “The Day After Tomorrow” star not only talked about his new film but reminisced on his breakthrough performance in 2005 epic romantic drama “Brokeback Mountain” and late Heath Ledger, who worked alongside him in the movie.
“I miss him as a human being,” Gyllenhaal said of Heath Ledger, who died in 2008. “I miss working with him and what an unfortunate thing it is that we won’t be able to see the beauty of his expression.”
“And I know, not only can this career end in a very short period of time and this or that can happen but also that life is precious. I think losing Heath and being a part of a family that was something like the movie, that movie we all made together, makes you see that, makes you appreciate that and hopefully moves you away from the things that really don’t matter to the thing that do.”
This year also marks the 10th anniversary of “Brokeback Mountain”. “Brokeback Mountain” was the first gay romance on big screen which received both critical and commercial acclaim. The film earned eight Oscar nominations and went on to win three awards in 78th Oscar’s ceremony. Unfortunately, both Ledger and Gyllenhaal could not take home the prestigious award for their respective roles. But, it was one of the most talked-about films in 2005 and even after a decade, it is still the most successful gay film ever produced.
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“It was fascinating, particularly because I don’t think we knew what a success the movie would be, what it would become and what it was an intimate and really scary thing for me and Heath, in particular to dive into. It was uncomfortable for both of us in some of the scenes, and yet we both deeply believed in what the movie was saying…At the time it was pretty unreal...The emotional response you get from that movie from people who see that movie, I think it was one of the first movies where people would go, “Oh, I can see it as love.” Believe me, we got a lot of other responses too.”