Jake Gyllenhaal reveals gay joke is reason Heath Ledger refused to present at Oscars

Heath Ledger refused to present at the Oscars in 2007 after being asked to make fun of their characters’ gay romance in Brokeback Mountain, according to co-star Jake Gyllenhaal.

Based on a 1997 award-winning short story of the same name, “Brokeback Mountain” depicts a relationship in the Wyoming mountains between cowboy Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and farmhand Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal). The film received eight nominations at the Academy Awards in 2006, winning three. It won best adapted screenplay, best musical score and best director for Ang Lee. It was expected to win best picture but surprisingly Crash, starring Sandra Bullock and Matt Dillon, took home the gong.

The pair were asked to present at the ceremony the following year, but a joke written into the opening monologue about the same-sex love story dissuaded Ledger from attending, according to Gyllenhaal.

He would never joke

In the interview for Another Man Magazine Jake Gyllenhaal spoke about Ledger’s refusal to attend.



“I mean, I remember they wanted to do an opening for the Academy Awards that year that was sort of joking about it,” he says. “And Heath refused. I was sort of at the time, ‘Oh, okay… whatever.’ I’m always like: it’s all in good fun. And Heath said, ‘It’s not a joke to me – I don’t want to make any jokes about it.’”

“I mean, I remember they wanted to do an opening for the Academy Awards that year that was sort of joking about it,” he says. “And Heath refused. I was sort of at the time, ‘Oh, okay… whatever.’ I’m always like: it’s all in good fun. And Heath said, ‘It’s not a joke to me – I don’t want to make any jokes about it.’”

“That’s the thing I loved about Heath. He would never joke,” Gyllenhaal added. “Someone wanted to make a joke about the story or whatever, he was like: ‘No. This is about love. Like, that’s it, man. Like, no.’”

When released in 2005, the film was deemed controversial by conservative critics who were unhappy at its portrayal of homosexuality.

Ledger went on to star as the Joker in The Dark Knight, but died following an accidental overdose of prescription medications in January 2008, before its release later that year.

 

Kevin Smith aims to make Moose Jaws

Moose Jaws will be made says Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith, known for his hilarious budget flicks, has said he wants to make Moose Jaws a reality, years after it had apparently been shelved.

The comedy horror has been in the pipeline for a few years but the Jay & Silent Bob Reboot star has never had the chance to get it in the can. Until now that is. With the Coronavirus pandemic putting a stop to life as we know it, Smith has used this time to start making plans to bring this unusual movie into production.

During a live Q&A session on his YouTube channel last Friday (3 April) Smith said:

“Moose Jaws is the movie I’m doing that’s Jaws but with a moose instead of a shark. It’s so weird that you bring it up. We have a phone call about it with some of the folks that we made Reboot with next week. A conference call. So yeah, it may be bubbling back to life. Wouldn’t that be nice? Head up to the Canadian outdoors, spread far apart from everybody, making movies. One day, when we’re allowed to do that sort of thing again. So yeah, movement on Moose Jaws!”



It’s Jaws but with a moose!

Smith made no bones about how much he loved the concept for this new comedy film. The Clerks writer/director said at Sundance back in 2016:

“Moose Jaws is like, it’s my favourite thing I’ve ever written. This is a fuckin’ fan film. This is like pouring my heart out on a page. I love Jaws, and I love Canada, and I combined the two of them. So the whole thing is beat-for-beat Jaws, up until the third act. In the third act it becomes Godzilla, Destroy All Monsters, Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan, and ends with Return of the Jedi. It’s pretty magical.”

“Justin [Long] returns as Tusk,” he added, “and he fights Moose Jaws.”

You can watch the Q&A in full here:

Hellfire@Home Festival

We’re in unknown territory with Covid-19 so we launched a brand new festival geared towards those staying in their homes. This is the Hellfire@Home Festival and this Saturday we’re watching Ricky Gervais star in The Invention of Lying. Click here for more information.