With Nightcrawler hitting cinemas last week, Jake Gyllenhaal sat down with Huffpo and took the opportunity to look back at one of the most important films of his career – Brokeback Mountain.
He considers its place both in his own filmography and its more general legacy. The ‘gay cowboy’ film follows Gyllenhaal’s Jack Twist and Heath Ledger’s Ennis Del Mar, from their meeting while looking after sheep on the titular Brokeback Mountain, through their love affair over the next 30 years.
Gyllenhaal notes, “It was at the time, culturally, it gave me the idea that movies can be important. That they do have some sort of political value…it’s become something beyond what any of us could have imagined.”
He adds, ‘”It’s a beautiful story and it was very successful in many different ways and so that’s what brought a lot of the attention… It’s one of those films that’s no longer mine – it’s sort of everyone’s.”
You can take a look at what Jake had to say below.