Brokeback Mountain caused a major sensation when it was released 15 years, taking in $180 million at the box office and scoring Oscar noms for stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger.
In a new interview with The Today Show, 38-year-old Gyllenhaal talked about the impact of the film and what his his late co-star thought about it…
“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. [If] someone wanted to make a joke about the story or whatever, he was like,
‘No. This is about love.’
“He was extraordinarily serious about the political issues surrounding the movie when it came out. A lot of times people would want to have fun and joke about it, and he was vehement about being serious, to the point where he didn’t really want to hear about anything that was being made fun of.”
Gyllenhaal recently told GQ how the movies’ success took him by surprise,
“I don’t think we ever had any idea it would have the impact that it had.
To make a movie that even just works is a miracle. When it resonates even beyond that, it’s impossible. And it has nothing to do with you in the end.
Just being in Brokeback Mountain, that’s the feeling I have. I feel that deeply about it. It had nothing to do with me. It came to me, I was honored to be a part of it, and it is now everyone else’s in a way that I can’t even fathom.”