Jake Gyllenhaal Says Heath Ledger “Refused” To Make Oscars Due To Brokeback Mountain Joke

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Jake Gyllenhaal said late actor Heath Ledger “refused” to participate in the opening act of the Oscars after offering to mock gay romance in their movie Brokeback Mountain.

Gyllenhaal remembered how Ledger held on while speaking to Another Man magazine, telling them that talent hadn’t found anything funny in Ang Lee’s heartbreaking love story between two cowboys .

“This is the thing I liked about Heath. He would never joke, “said the 39-year-old actor.

Thanks, but no thanks: Jake Gyllenhaal revealed how Heath Ledger `` refused '' to participate in the opening act of the Oscars after throwing jokes mocking the film's gay romance

Thanks, but no thanks: Jake Gyllenhaal revealed how Heath Ledger “refused” to participate in the opening act of the Oscars after throwing jokes mocking the film’s gay romance

“I remember they wanted to make an opening for the Academy Awards that year, it was kind of a joke about it,” Jake told the magazine.

But Heath thought that the jokes made fun of the message of the 2005 drama, refusing to participate in the piece.

“Heath refused,” said actor Donnie Darko, then recalling how he did not understand exactly the reasoning behind the actor in Dark Knight.

“I was sort of back then,” Oh, okay … whatever. I always say to myself, “This is a lot of fun. And Heath said, “This is no joke for me – I don’t want to make jokes about it. “

“It’s the thing I liked about Heath,” Jake continued. “He would never joke. Someone wanted to make a joke about the story or whatever it was like, “No. It’s about love. Like, that’s it, man. Like, no. “

Stand up: Gyllenhaal reminded how Ledger held up while talking to Another Man magazine, telling them that talent hadn't found anything funny in Ang Lee's heartbreaking love story between two cowboys

Stand Up: Gyllenhaal recalled how Ledger held up while talking to Another Man magazine, telling them that talent had found nothing funny in Ang Lee’s heartbreaking love story between two cowboys

Not to laugh: Heath thought that the jokes made fun of the message of the drama of 2005, refusing to participate in the segment. He was seen at the 2006 Oscars above

Not to laugh: Heath thought that the jokes made fun of the message of the drama of 2005, refusing to participate in the segment. He was seen at the 2006 Oscars above

Serious stuff: Jake remembered that Heath said, `` This is no joke for me - I don't want to make jokes about it '' from the movie

Serious stuff: Jake remembered that Heath said, “This is no joke for me – I don’t want to make jokes about it” from the movie

Audience: He still ended up attending the honors, however, seen at the awards with Brokeback co-star and girlfriend Michelle Williams

Audience: He still ended up attending the honors, however, seen at the awards with Brokeback co-star and girlfriend Michelle Williams

He ended up attending the honors, seen at the awards with Brokeback co-star and girlfriend Michelle Williams.

Gyllenhaal and Ledger played Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar in the film, which follows the unexpected romance between two men in the American West.

Brokeback Mountain was a critical success, winning eight Oscar nominations, including best film and nods for Heath and Jake.

The film earned director Ang Lee the best director’s honor, but the film continued to lose Crash’s top gong – a decision by the Academy which is still debated by moviegoers to this day.

Wild west: Gyllenhaal and Ledger played Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar in the film, which follows the unexpected romance between two men in the American West

Wild west: Gyllenhaal and Ledger played Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar in the film, which follows the unexpected romance between two men in the American West

Beloved: Brokeback Mountain was a critical success, winning eight Oscar nominations and winning three, including Ang Lee's Best Director award, which he sees receiving above

Beloved: Brokeback Mountain was a critical success, winning eight Oscar nominations and winning three, including Ang Lee’s Best Director award, which he sees receiving above

Jake was deeply affected by the death of teammate Heath in 2008.

Talking to people in 2016, he said the experience had affected him in a way that he “couldn’t put into words.”

“Personally, it has affected me in a way that I cannot necessarily express in words or even that I would like to speak about in public. On a professional level, I think I was at an age when mortality was not always clear to me.

‘He [gave me] the experience of, “It’s fleeting. And nothing of the attention or love synthesized that flows from the success of a film really matters.

“What matters are the relationships you build when you make a film and the people you learn when you prepare for a film. It has changed a lot for me.

Spoken: Jake was deeply affected by the 2008 death of teammate Heath, calling it an experience he can't even

Spoken: Jake was deeply affected by the 2008 death of teammate Heath, calling it an experience he can’t even “put into words.” The pair is seen at the 2006 SAG Awards above

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