Jake Gyllenhaal reveals Heath Ledger hated gay jokes about Brokeback Mountain belittling the love story

Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brokeback Mountain

Jake has spoken out about Heaths feeling on the gay jokes surrounding Brokeback Mountain (Pictures: REX)

Jake Gyllenhaal has revealed his Brokeback Mountain co-star Heath Ledger hated people making gay jokes about the movie, which detracted from the love story.

Heath and Jake starred opposite each other in the critically acclaimed same-sex love story fifteen years ago, and Jake has revealed how much the movie meant to the two actors.

The 38-year-old told Sunday Today: I see people who have joked with me or criticised me about lines I say in that movie.

Thats the thing I loved about Heath. He would never joke. Someone wanted to make a joke about the story or whatever, he was like, “No. This is about love. Like, thats it, man. Like, no.”

Jake and Heath played Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar, two sheep herders who developed a passionate relationship in the 1960s in Wyoming, USA.



Despite its critical acclaim and success, Brokeback Mountain was often the target of insensitive jokes and dubbed a gay cowboy movie.

Jake is proud of the success of the film, explaining: It opened tons of doors. It was crazy. It was amazing. Its defined my career in different ways.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain

The movie follows the tragic love story of Jake and Heaths characters (Picture: Rex Features)

He added that [this] little movie we made meant so much to us. This is a level of focus and attention that hits a certain nerve.

This is bigger than me. It has become not ours anymore. Its the worlds.

Its not the first time the Spider-Man: Far From Home star has opened up about Heaths feelings about the jokes at the movies expense.

On the films 10th anniversary in 2015, Jake spoke about how his late co-star, who passed away in 2008, was more interested in the political issues raised by the storyline.

He told Out at the time: He was extraordinarily serious about the political issues surrounding the movie when it came out.

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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 didnt really want to hear about anything that was being made fun of.



Brokeback Mountain went on to get eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Actor for Heath and Best Supporting ActorRead More – Source

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