Heath Ledger perfectly applauded the haters of Brokeback MountainThe gay love story of
Heath Ledger was one of the good guys.
Earlier this week, fans took to the internet to celebrate the late Oscar winner (on what would have been his 43rd birthday) and his illustrious screen career. And of course one of the roles he played more known for was when he was a movie star was none other than Ang Lee’s iconic 2005 romantic western drama Brokeback Mountain.
In an Oscar-nominated performance, Ledger co-starred alongside Jake Gyllenhaal as Ennis Del Mar and Jack Twist respectively, two queer cowboys who fall in love working together in rural Wyoming as they already had their own family and at a time when homosexuality was an extreme taboo.
While 2005 was not so far away, the release of Brokeback Mountain was still groundbreaking for audiences at the time and is often credited with helping advance queer storytelling in the world of mainstream cinema. But, since homophobia is a tireless and ugly beast, the film still received a lot of unfair criticism from homophobes and conservatives alike, simply for showcasing the love between two men.
But Ledger was more than okay with letting everyone know where he stood with regards to the film’s depictions of gay love.
In a viral clip that resurfaced online recentlyLedger is seen answering questions from reporters during a news conference on Brokeback Mountainpress tour at the time of the film’s release. A reporter asks the actor, “how do you respond to people who suggest it’s disgusting?”
And Ledger’s response was everything we could have hoped for.
“I think it’s an incredible shame that people go out of their way to express their disgust or negative opinions about how two people choose to love each other,” the Aussie actor replied. “At least express your opinion on how two people show hatred, violence and anger towards each other. Isn’t that more important? I think so.”
Elsewhere in his response, when talking about how he thinks the public will react to BrokebackHe continued:
“I also feel like it’s going to surprise people. It’s obviously about two men in love and it’s obviously gay-themed and it’s very easy to label, but unfortunately people are quick to in life to label something that makes them uncomfortable. The pure fact is that it transcends a label. It’s human. It’s the story of two human beings, two souls who love. Forget the fact that it’s two men. That’s the point. The movie is not the story of an epidemic or a virus or something that can be cured in a hospital. We show that the he love between two men is just as contagious and emotional and strong and pure as it is with heterosexual love.
“And if you can’t figure that out, don’t go see the movie,” Ledger concluded.
Brokeback Mountain is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.
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