Jake Gyllenhaal’s heartbreaking admission about Heath Ledger will hit you right in the feels10:51AM, Jul 27, 2015
It’s been a decade since Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger starred together on the Oscar-winning and game-changing film, Brokeback Mountain and Jake has opened up about how Heath’s death affected him.
Jake was being interviewed for his new film Southpaw when a clip was played from Brokeback.
"It brings me back to thinking about doing that scene with Heath," Jake told NPR, "and the honour it was to work with him, and the beauty of his work."
Less than three years after Brokeback Mountain was released, Heath died from an accidental intoxication from prescription drugs.
Jake continued: "I miss him as a human being, and I miss working with him. And what an unfortunate thing it is that we won't be able to see the beauty of his expression. He was incredibly special, and that doesn't even come close to encapsulating who he is — who he was."
He also admitted Heath’s death made him reassess his own life:
"I think that's why I like to go off and I like to try and get into worlds that will wake me up… I'm trying to be present where I am. I'm trying to have relationships that are as real as they possibly can be on a movie set [and] be close to people because I know that it's precious.
"And I know that not only can this career end in a very short period of time and this or that can happen, but also that life is precious. And I think losing Heath — and being a part of a family that was something like that movie we all made together — makes you see that, makes you appreciate that and hopefully moves you away from the things that really don't matter to the things that do."
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