An old clip of actor Heath Ledger shouting homophobic comments in an interview has resurfaced and is going viral, as fans celebrated the late actor’s birthday earlier this week. One of Heath Ledger’s best roles was in Ang Lee’s iconic 2005 romantic western drama “Brokeback Mountain.” The film centers on two queer cowboys falling in love, with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal playing the gay cowboys. The film takes place at a time when homosexuality was extremely taboo. The film was released in 2005 when queer stories in mainstream movies were rare, and “Brokeback Mountain” broke down many barriers for queer storytelling.
The film had rustled a lot of homophobic feathers in its day and actors were often asked about it when pushing for the film. While many actors would have stayed away from such questions, the Aussie actor hasn’t been shy about speaking his mind and it’s one of the many reasons fans still love him. At the press conference, a reporter asked him, “How do you respond to people who suggest it’s disgusting?
Ledger didn’t hold back when he answered the question. “I think it’s an incredible shame that people go out of their way to express their disgust or negative opinions at the way two people choose to love each other,” the actor said, reported. Outside. “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.”
When asked what audiences can expect in the film and what the potential reaction would be, Ledger said, “I also feel like it’s going to surprise people. It’s obviously two men in love and it’s obviously gay themed and it’s very easily labeled, but unfortunately people are quick in life to label something that makes them feel uncomfortable.” He then explained that there is no distinction between a heterosexual or homosexual relationship and that it is simply about people connecting and experiencing the same emotions as any relationship. “The pure fact is that it transcends a label. It’s human. It’s the story of two human beings, two souls in love. Forget the fact that it’s two men. That’s the point. The film is not the story of an epidemic or a virus or something that can be cured in a hospital.We show that the love between two men is just as contagious and emotional and strong and pure as heterosexual love “said Ledger. “And if you can’t figure that out, don’t go see the movie.
The film featured stellar performances from Ledger and Gyllenhaal which saw them both get Oscar nominations. The film snagged three Oscars at the 2006 ceremony. Ang Lee won the Best Director Oscar for the film. At the time, there was a lot of stigma about straight actors playing gay roles. “Part of the medicine of storytelling is that we were two straight guys playing these roles,” Gyllenhaal said, reported Indiewire. “There was a stigma to playing a role like that, you know, why would you do that? And I think it was very important for both of us to break that stigma.
Gyllenhaal also said Heath Ledger refused to let the Oscars make a joke about gay love following the film’s impact and success. “I mean, I remember they wanted to do an Oscar opening that year, it was kind of a joke about it,” Gyllenhaal said. Another man magazine. “And Heath refused. I was kind of at the time, ‘Oh, okay… whatever.’ I’m always like, ‘It’s all fun.’ And Heath said, “It’s not a joke to me – I don’t want to make jokes about it.” Gyllenhaal added that his co-star would not allow anyone to trivialize the film or poke fun at gay love. . “I see people joking with me or criticizing me about the lines I say in this movie – and that’s what I liked about Heath,” Gyllenhaal said. “He would never joke. Somebody wanted to make a joke about the story or whatever, he was like, ‘No. It’s about love. Like, that’s it, man. It does not look like.'”