Jake Gyllenhaal says late actor Heath Ledger ‘refused’ to participate in the Oscars opening act after they proposed he poke fun at the gay romance in their film Brokeback Mountain.
Gyllenhaal recalled how Ledger stood his ground while talking to Another Man magazine, telling them that the talent didn’t find anything funny about the heart-wrenching Ang Lee love story between two cowboys.
‘That’s the thing I loved about Heath. He would never joke,’ the 39-year-old actor said.
Thanks, but no thanks: Jake Gyllenhaal revealed how Heath Ledger ‘refused’ to participate in the opening act of the Oscars after they pitched jokes making fun of the film’s gay romance
‘I remember they wanted to do an opening for the Academy Awards that year that was sort of joking about it,’ Jake told the magazine.
But Heath thought the jokes mocked the message of the 2005 drama, refusing to participate in the bit.
‘Heath refused,’ the Donnie Darko actor said, then recalling how he didn’t exactly understand the Dark Knight actor’s reasoning.