HOLLYWOOD- Actor Jake Gyllenhaal recently recounted his first meeting with Brokeback Mountain co-star Heath Ledger in an interview with GQ Australia.
“I was auditioning for Moulin Rouge!. Baz Luhrmann had chosen three actors. It was Ewan [McGregor], it was Heath, and me. And we auditioned with many different actresses, it was a long process. But I never met Heath, I only heard about him.
“When Ewan was cast, I finally met Heath and we sort of became friends before Brokeback Mountain based on our mutual frustration,” Gyllenhaal said.
“When Brokeback Mountain came out and it got all the attention it did, I remember, a few months later, Heath called me and he was like, ‘Hey mate, I got some news for you’. I said, ‘What?’ “He said, ‘Baz just offered me his next movie. I just wanted you to know, I f**king turned it down!’ So that was how much Heath loved me, you know. That was how I met him,” Gyllenhaal said.
Heath died on 22 January 2008 from an accidental intoxication from prescription drugs. He was just 28 years old.