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Jake Gyllenhaal Explains How ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Helped Pave The Way For Out Actors And Marriage Equality

brokeback-mountain-jake-gyllenhaal-heath-ledgerI think it is changing… and it’s pretty amazing how it’s changing. And one of the things that I’m so proud about [Brokeback Mountain is that], within the past basically 10 years, how much has changed.

When the Supreme Court [issued a ruling] just a little while ago, I felt like we had been part, a little part and parcel of that movement. I was proud, you know? To me that’s really a pretty incredible moment. We had to wait a little while for it. But when will it be OK for an actor to be gay? I mean, it’s OK now.

Heath was always somebody who I admired. He was way beyond his years as a human, in a way. I wasn’t quite sure where he came from. I mean, I know he’s from Perth, but I wasn’t really quite sure where he came from, and I think that’s the feeling most people got when they were around him and why he was so extraordinary.”

Jake Gyllenhaal discusses the legacy of Brokeback Mountain and his friendship with the late Heath Ledger with The Hollywood Reporter