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Brokeback Exclusive: Heath and Jake Swap Spit

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Towleroad's source very close to the production of the cowboy love story Brokeback Mountain which is currently shooting just outside Calgary, Canada, reports in that a kiss between actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger was shot yesterday. According to the source "the boys were a bit nervous at first, but eventually got into it and turned in a great scene." Towleroad isn't speculating as to what "got into it" means.

Apparently, the two actors were only having problems with the kiss, not any of the sexual scenes, like the following moment excerpted directly from the script:

INT. BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN: CAMP: TENT: JUST BEFORE DAWN:

Both are warm inside JACK'S bedroll.

JACK is wide awake now. ENNIS, on his back is half-asleep.

JACK, tentative, takes one of ENNIS'S big hands from outside the bedroll
and guides it inside, down toward his own groin.

ENNIS, coming full awake, realizes where his hand is... jerks it away as
if he's touched fire.

Raises up, gets to his knees, unbuckles his belt, shoves his pants down
with one hand, uses the other to haul JACK up on all fours.

JACK doesn't resist.

ENNIS spits in the palm of his hand, puts it on himself.

They go at it in silence, except for a few sharp intakes of breath.

ENNIS shudders.

Recent reports that Ang Lee is nervous about including explicit love scenes may still hold true — all the gay stuff may yet end up on the cutting room floor, and the director has told the Calgary Sun that the sexual scenes will be "modest". However, anyone who has read Annie Proulx's heartwrenching story will know that this forbidden love is at the center of the tale. Ang Lee would also be a fool to let such a potent, buzz-building, controversial, and lust-inducing element fall by the wayside.

In March, Ledger told the BBC, "What is it about wrangling Jake Gyllenhaal up in the mountains that frightens me? Just that! But it obviously doesn't scare me away because I'm doing it. Aren't we at the stage these days when it just doesn't ******* matter? It's a story of love and it's a story between two people. If people can't get over that and just accept it as a story, then that's their problem. I'm big enough and brave enough to do it in the fact that being brave is having to answer questions like that."

Just recently, Gyllenhaal deflected rumors that he was nervous about the role, telling the Calgary Sun that he understood the nature of the part, and intimating that he may have had a male crush at one time: "It’s about how impossible love can be sometimes and I can relate to that. I grew up in a family where many of our close friends were gay couples. As well as that, every man goes through a period of thinking they’re attracted to another guy.”

The film's gay storyline continues to create tremendous buzz because few if any young leading male actors have had the courage so far to step out into romantic gay roles in films of this scope. We'll hold out hope that none of the controversy is left in the editing room.

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  1. dang, i knew of the movie but that's like gay porn right there!

    Posted by: eunae | Jun 10, 2004 6:35:02 PM


  2. Everytime I see the name of that movie, I think, "BAREback Mountain"

    Posted by: boifromtroy | Jun 10, 2004 6:50:32 PM


  3. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for posting this information about this movie. I simply can't wait to see it... and hope it captures at least some of the story.

    Posted by: lostmonkey says... | Jun 10, 2004 7:30:46 PM


  4. wait, are we all talking about that dream I had last night? They're making a movie out of it??? (jk)

    Lee would be a fool to back away from the controversy and the sexual theme that is the axis of the entire story. As John Updike said: "Once you start something, it's lethal not to go through with it"... He was right.

    Thanks for the post and continued updates. You never cease to impress.

    And Scott: I'm sure that's the name of the forthcoming porn (*no pun intended) -if it hasn't been made already.

    Posted by: M@ | Jun 10, 2004 8:00:22 PM


  5. good stuff, andy.

    Posted by: arjanwrites.com | Jun 10, 2004 11:26:07 PM


  6. What's truly surprising about Ang Lee's reticence is that he's already directed a very honest gay film, "The Wedding Banquet". There weren't any sex scenes but I believe there was some very passionate kissing between the male leads.

    Posted by: Jon | Jun 11, 2004 5:12:25 PM


  7. Whoo hooo! Can't wait (especially for the Director's cut).

    Ride 'em Cowboy!

    Posted by: wehotom | Jun 11, 2004 5:14:19 PM


  8. You know your mind is in the gutter when you read the title as "Bareback Mountain." (eyes roll.)

    I need to get out more. :)

    Posted by: N. | Jun 11, 2004 11:09:47 PM


  9. Great post! I'm hoping the movie lives up to the short story. Ang Lee screwed with the Hulk, hopefully he won't screw with the sex. Jake Gyllenhaal IS cute enough to sit through two and half hours of The Day After Tomorrow, but he seem wishy washy about Brokeback during publicity for TDAT on Leno.

    Posted by: JOE | Jun 12, 2004 12:37:30 PM


  10. Great post! I'm hoping the movie lives up to the short story. Ang Lee screwed with the Hulk, hopefully he won't screw with the sex. Jake Gyllenhaal IS cute enough to sit through two and half hours of The Day After Tomorrow, but he seemed wishy washy about Brokeback during publicity for TDAT on Leno.

    Posted by: JOE | Jun 12, 2004 12:37:51 PM


  11. I'm glad towleroad has sources for this particular movie. Like a lot of queer Proulx fans, I've been waiting for this has been long overdue. And if Ang Lee does in fact cut out any of the heart-pounding sex, I will demand a refund. After all, the sex is the foundation. Well, in some way it is.

    Posted by: Ken | Jun 12, 2004 8:05:00 PM


  12. Haaha, very good.

    Posted by: Steven Neff | Jun 13, 2004 7:01:54 PM


  13. Huh huh huh... Ennis rhymes with_______.

    That Annie Proulx is a crazy one, naming her characters after body parts. I think there's a Mulva in her next novel.

    JM

    Posted by: Jason | Jun 14, 2004 8:51:24 PM


  14. estou doida pra assistir esse filme,e fiquem sabendo que nenhum dos dois sao gays

    Posted by: barbara | Jun 19, 2004 6:44:46 PM


  15. I thought it was BAREback mountian too. Then I found out it was BROKEback mountain and I felt kinda dumb. BUt it just makes me want to see it more

    Posted by: CRAZYAMI88 | Jun 20, 2004 7:47:37 PM


  16. I think that will be great to see them play a role, like you said it's just a character that you seem comfortable with.

    Posted by: maynwmayne842002 | Jun 21, 2004 10:28:44 AM


  17. I think that will be great to see them play a role, like you said it's just a character that you seem comfortable with.

    Posted by: maynwmayne842002 | Jun 21, 2004 10:29:23 AM


  18. I think this will be a great step.

    People need to get over things in life, why do people care so much about everything?

    I think everything should be left the way it is and it will be great...

    There are male/female sex scenes in movies without controversy, why is this any different?

    I can't wait to see it! It'll be a great one!

    Posted by: Markymark | Jun 21, 2004 7:38:12 PM


  19. Ok, i am very excited about this, i wont deny by saying seeing these hot guys making out wont be hot, but seeing a gay love story in the box office is gonna be great!

    Posted by: james | Jun 27, 2004 2:19:15 PM


  20. Am just haunting yet *another* "Brokeback Mountain" message board to put my two cents in.

    I've high hopes for this film, and I'll admit that ever so often I'll find myself obsessively rereading the short story and longing to see how it plays out on the silverscreen, so, I guess I'll just wait and pray for the best like the rest of you lot. :D Frankly, sex-wise, as long as that snippet of the script stays in, (to illustrate the visceral nature of their relationship at first, of course), I will be one satisfied fangirl.

    It would be a shame to let the eye-candy go to waste, after all. *g*

    Posted by: FB | Jul 5, 2004 3:57:53 AM


  21. I was extremely excited and delighted to find out about this movie. I first heard about it on Vh1's "Totally Gayer" tv show and followed up by readind the article it refered to in Variety. The kicker for me was finding out that two hot young hollywood actors were signed on to do it. That alone would draw me to the theaters. But as I am a fan of shows like Queer as Folk for obvious reasons I pray that dir. Ang Lee does not disappoint in the love scene department because that's what I think about everytime I see a picture of Jake/Heath. So this girl is keeping her fingers crossed.

    Posted by: slyfoxx | Jul 6, 2004 4:44:35 AM


  22. omg I am so exited about this movie! Jake is sooo cute and so is Heath. I just saw The Day After Tommorow this afternoon and I almost melted. Heh. Though the movie itself was good. I'm going out to buy the Brokeback book soon and I cant wait to read it!

    Posted by: Joe | Jul 8, 2004 10:57:02 PM


  23. Ang Lee can not, and I mean CAN NOT get rid of the sex scenes! Screw the rest of the world! Get a back bone Lee and put it in the movie!!! If not, well then he's just a chicken and the boys work of making out and making love will be put to waste! Sheez. I hope he bloody thinks about that one!!!

    Posted by: Inari | Jul 9, 2004 9:45:39 PM


  24. Jake Gyllenhaal IS AN incrediable Actor and the fact that he took time to do a movie means that it must be worth seeing. I hope that the movie will be as good as the book. This was about an incredable love story. It's about love and how we find it in them most confusing places. Ledger and Gyllenhaal will do a wounderful Job developing the depth that the caracters in this move will have to possess. I am excited to see the move and I hope that is dose not turn into a sex pot but a movie that shows the depth of love, and the understanding that things are not always how they should be.

    Posted by: Atrau | Jul 26, 2004 11:26:01 PM


  25. Jake Gyllenhaal IS AN incrediable Actor and the fact that he took time to do a movie means that it must be worth seeing. I hope that the movie will be as good as the book. This was about an incredable love story. It's about love and how we find it in them most confusing places. Ledger and Gyllenhaal will do a wounderful Job developing the depth that the caracters in this move will have to possess. I am excited to see the move and I hope that is dose not turn into a sex pot but a movie that shows the depth of love, and the understanding that things are not always how they should be.

    Posted by: Atrau | Jul 26, 2004 11:26:32 PM


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