Jake Gyllenhaal: Heath Ledger Said No to ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Gay Love Story Joke for the Oscars

Jake Gyllenhaal: Heath Ledger Said No to 'Brokeback Mountain' Gay Love Story Joke for the Oscars
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The ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ actor reveals that he and his late co-star were initially offered to present at the 2007 Academy Awards to poke fun at their characters’ romantic relationship.

AceShowbizJake Gyllenhaal is uncovering the truth about Heath Ledger‘s work ethic. When reminiscing about his work on Ang Lee’s “Brokeback Mountain“, the “Spider-Man: Far From Home” actor revealed his late co-star took his acting seriously that he turned down offers to present at the 2007 Academy Awards over a proposed joke about the film’s homosexual love story.

In a new interview with Another Man magazine, the 39-year-old Hollywood star recalled, “I mean, I remember they wanted to do an opening for the Academy Awards that year that was sort of joking about it.” He added, “And Heath refused. I was sort of at the time, ‘Oh, okay… whatever.’ I’m always like: it’s all in good fun.”

While the “Prince of Persia: Sands of Time” star admitted he did not mind poking fun at their characters’ romantic relationship, the same didn’t apply to his late co-star. He recounted further, “And Heath said, ‘It’s not a joke to me – I don’t want to make any jokes about it.’ “

This was not the first time Gyllenhaal publicly admired his co-star for his stance over their film’s parodies. “I see people who have joked with me or criticized me about lines I say in that movie – and that’s the thing I loved about Heath. He would never joke,” he opened up to “Sunday TODAY” host Willie Geist in July 2019. “Someone wanted to make a joke about the story or whatever, he was like, ‘No. This is about love. Like, that’s it, man. Like, no.’ “

Elsewhere in an interview with Another Man, Gyllenhaal confessed that he still couldn’t bring himself to watch his 2005 film even after more than a decade since it was released. Still, he could not help but note on its significance. “There are things you’re chosen for – a quality, an essence – and Ang did that,” he explained. “And it’s still a mystery to me. And something that Heath and I shared: that it was a mystery to us at the time.”

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