UPDATE: Tuesday, July 28 (6:27 pm ET) Marking the 10-year anniversary of the Oscar-winning film, “Brokeback Mountain”;, Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal talk the making of the movie and their late co-star Heath Ledger.
Speaking with Out for a feature on the film’s anniversary, Gyllenhaal, 34, says he still misses his friend and collaborator.
“I’d known Heath for a really long time before that movie,”; Gyllenhaal explains, who plays Jack Twist in the 2005 film. “We were friends. We went to a sort of boot camp, where we’d all hang out and learn to ride. Heath already knew how to ride really well, but we’d ride and hang out on the ranch outside of Los Angeles.”;
“While there are many parts of the real story that are sad, one of the saddest things is that I won’t be able to exchange ideas creatively with Heath again, because that was one of the most beautiful things to come out of that.”; he finishes.
Hathaway, 32, talks about Ledger and his commitment to acting.
“Heath almost broke his hand making the movie,”; Hathaway, who plays Lureen Newsome, says. “It’s the scene where Jack drives off and Ennis starts to walk down the road and all of a sudden sort of falls into an alleyway because he’s got a pain in his stomach and is overwhelmed.”;
“Heath just really wanted to go there, and kind of got down,”; she says on Ledger’s role. “The plan was for him to put his face against the wall – that’s what the shot was supposed to be – and he just wound up punching the brick. Everyone was freaking out because it was a real wall. It wasn’t a movie brick wall. It was a f—— brick wall. And he did it, and they got it, and they said his hand was mangled. He might have actually broken it.”;
Gyllenhaal adds that the cast grew closer than most movies.
“For the first month of shooting, we all lived by this river in little trailers, and I had my dog there. We all just lived on a campground and would walk to set. You know, in a world driven by commerce, particularly in the movie business, there’s no time spent together – relationships are fleeting,”; the “Southpaw”; actor says.
“We are all still close – not just bonded by the success of the film, but bonded by the experience. It was an intimate project in that way. We’d wake up and make breakfast for each other and hang out. Heath and Michelle fell in love. It was a really special, special time.”;
Jake Gyllenhaal is currently hitting the talk show circuit to promote his new boxing flick Southpaw, but in an interview with NPR’s Fresh Air the actor admits he still finds himself missing his Brokeback Mountain co-star Heath Ledger, who died in 2008.
“I miss him as a human being and I miss working with him and what an unfortunate thing it is that we won’t be able to see the beauty of his expression,”; says Jake.
The death of his friend and fellow actor, he admits, taught him that life is fragile, and says that’s something he tries to remind himself every day.
“I’m trying to be present where I am,”; he says. “I’m trying to have relationships that are as real as they possibly can be on a movie set, be close to people because I know that it’s precious. And I know, not only can this career end in a very short period of time and this or that can happen, but also that life is precious.”;
He adds: “I think losing Heath and being a part of a family that was something like the movie, that movie we all made together, makes you see that, makes you appreciate that and hopefully moves you away from the things that really don’t matter to the things that do.”;