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Jake Gyllenhaal talked about his late Brokeback Mountain co-star Heath Ledger in an interview with NBC & # 39; s Sunday Today, released on Saturday

Jake Gyllenhaal says that late Brokeback Mountain co-star Heath Ledger refused to joke about the film amid criticism: & # 39; This is about love & # 39;

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It has been 11 years since the death of his co-star Brokeback Mountain.

Now Jake Gyllenhaal is talking about Heath Ledger in a preview of a new interview with NBC & # 39; s Sunday today, released on Saturday and how the film changed his life.

The sincere 38-year-old actor explained that Heath never joked about the movie released in 2005, despite some negative reactions to the gay cowboy love story.

Jake Gyllenhaal talked about his late Brokeback Mountain co-star Heath Ledger in an interview with NBC & # 39; s Sunday Today, released on Saturday

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Jake Gyllenhaal talked about his late Brokeback Mountain co-star Heath Ledger in an interview with NBC & # 39; s Sunday Today, released on Saturday

& # 39; I see people who have made jokes with me or have criticized me about rules I say in that film – and I liked that about Heath. He would never make a joke & # 39;

Jake added: & # 39; Someone wanted to make a joke about the story or whatever he was, "No. This is about love." Like, that's it, man. & # 39;

The star has also credited the film for opening & # 39; tons of doors & # 39; for him in his career.

To be clear: the 38-year-old actor explained that despite some negative reactions, Heath never joked about the 2005 gay cowboy story

To be clear: the 38-year-old actor explained that despite some negative reactions, Heath never joked about the 2005 gay cowboy story

To be clear: the 38-year-old actor explained that despite some negative reactions, Heath never joked about the 2005 gay cowboy story

& # 39; It opened tons of doors & # 39 ;: Jake added, & # 39; it was great. It has defined my career in different ways & # 39;

& # 39; It opened tons of doors & # 39 ;: Jake added, & # 39; it was great. It has defined my career in different ways & # 39;

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& # 39; It opened tons of doors & # 39 ;: Jake added, & # 39; it was great. It has defined my career in different ways & # 39;

& # 39; When we did Brokeback Mountain, I thought, "Whoa, what's the matter?" This is a level of focus and attention that touches a certain nerve and you are so like: "This is bigger than me." & # 39;

& # 39; This video that we made that meant so much to us has now become ours. It's from the world.

& # 39; It opened tons of doors, it was great, & # 39; he added. & # 39; It has defined my career in different ways & # 39;

Brokeback Mountain won three Oscars in 2006 for director Ang Lee, best screenplay and best performance in music, but Heath and Jake smuggle in the best actor and supporting actor categories.

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Heath died on January 22, 2008, at the age of 28.

His death was reportedly due to an accidental overdose of prescription drugs.

Falling in Love: Brokeback Mountain won three Oscars in 2006, including the best director for Ang Lee, Heath, right, and Jake in the best actor and supporting actor categories

Falling in Love: Brokeback Mountain won three Oscars in 2006, including the best director for Ang Lee, Heath, right, and Jake in the best actor and supporting actor categories

Falling in Love: Brokeback Mountain won three Oscars in 2006, including the best director for Ang Lee, Heath, right, and Jake in the best actor and supporting actor categories

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