Heath Ledger refused to allow the
Academy Awards to joke about Brokeback Mountain, Jake
Gyllenhaal has revealed.
In director Ang Lee's 2005 film,
Gyllenhaal starred opposite Ledger as two ranch-hands in love working
in 1960s Wyoming.
The film received a “Best Picture”
nomination but lost in the category to Crash.
“I mean, I remember they wanted to do
an opening for the Academy Awards that year that was sort of joking
about [Brokeback Mountain],” Gyllenhaal told UK glossy
“And Heath refused. I was sort of at
the time, 'Oh, okay … whatever.' I'm always like: It's all in good
“And Heath said, 'It's not a joke to
me – I don't want to make any jokes about it,'” Gyllenhaal
Before his tragic death in 2008 at 28,
Ledger defended the movie, saying it was about love.
“We're showing that love between two
men is just as infectious and emotional and strong and pure as it is
with heterosexual love,” Ledger said during a press junket for the
film. “And if you can't understand it, just don't go see the movie.
We don't care.”