“Brokeback Mountain,” the story of two homosexual cowboys starring Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, topped 19 competitors, including George Clooney’s “Good Night, and Good Luck” to win the Venice Film Festival’s top award yesterday.
Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal portray cowboys who fall in love with each other in ‘Brokeback Mountain’
The film has been called “groundbreaking” by homosexual activists for the amount of “gay” sex that is shown on screen.
Mel Gibson fans will remember Heath Ledger as the eldest son in “The Patriot” determined to fight for independence against the British, the innocent but brave fair-haired boy-man who struggles for justice even among his fellow southern colonialists.
Gyllenhaal is known for his roles in “October Sky” and as Dennis Quaid’s son in “The Day After Tomorrow,” last year’s science-fiction film that portrayed how climate could flood New York City and put the Northern Hemisphere into a new Ice Age.
Gyllenhaal told Gay.com that filming the homosexual scenes were difficult, but for physical rather than emotional reasons, almost leading to a fractured nose.
Heath Ledger portrayed freedom-fighting son of Mel Gibson in ‘The Patriot’ (Columbia Pictures)
“[Ledger] grabs me and he slams me up against the wall and kisses me, and then I grab him and I slam him up against the wall and I kiss him,” he said recently, adding the love scenes were the most violent he’d ever done.
“We were doing take after take after take. I got the sh– beat out of me. … We had other scenes where we fought each other and I wasn’t hurting as badly as I did after that one.”
While Ledger admitted his nervousness about portraying a homosexual, Gyllenhaal said understood the universal aspects of the relationship, despite reaction from his friends.
“They’re all like, ‘Dude, you’re gonna kiss a guy.’ But it’s not about that for me. It’s about how impossible love can be sometimes, and I can relate to that.”
“As well as that, every man goes through a period of thinking they’re attracted to another guy,” Gyllenhaal added.
While “Brokeback Mountain” received the Golden Lion award in Venice, George Clooney did not go home empty-handed.
“Good Night, and Good Luck” won best screenplay, and its star, David Strathairn, garned best actor for his portrayal of journalist Edward R. Murrow.
Murrow used television in the 1950s to highlight alleged bullying tactics of Sen. Joseph McCarthy in his anti-Communist crusade.
“This film is a tribute to the reporters who are in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Africa, in our poor city of New Orleans, to bring us the truth,” Clooney said.
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