Skip to comments.Heath Ledger's role in 'Brokeback Mountain' miffed Mel Gibson
Posted on 01/25/2008 9:51:57 AM PST by Perdogg
Mel Gibson has called Heath Ledger's death this week a "tragic loss." But in recent years, Gibson had distanced himself from the risk-taking actor, it's been claimed.
Gibson turned cold toward Ledger after the Aussie star ignored his advice not to play a gay cowboy in "Brokeback Mountain," according to private investigator Paul Barresi.
Ledger and Gibson had grown close while filming "The Patriot," in which Ledger played Gibson's son.
"Ledger asked Gibson whether he should take the role of Ennis Del Mar in 'Brokeback,'" Barresi says a "major Hollywood producer" told him. "Gibson strongly counseled against it. The role apparently ran counter to Gibson's morality. And he felt that it would ruin Heath's career."
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What if Ledger wanted to play an anti-Semitic drunk?
And Heath got advice from Mel Gibson and didn't take it.
The whole thing is a shame, but if industry giants were giving me advice, I'd gratefully take it.
Cold, man. But perfect!
This is why I could never be an actor. I would have no problem doing nudity, but I could never kiss man or pretend to have sex with a man. I guess the only benefit for Heath in Brokeback Mountain was Michelle Williams.
He had to be unstable to take that role.
It appears he felt he could handle his own career. Was doing well at it, too, from a business standpoint.
I was reading anti-Castro Cuban blog earlier, and there was an entry about Heath Ledger. The blogger thought he was a talented actor and was sorry he died.
Yeah I think I could play a gay man as long as it never involved more than a peck on the cheek.
What kills me are the guys who do gay porn and claim they aren’t gay. I’m sorry but if you stick your willywong in someone elses unloading dock, you’re gay.
I shouldn’t laugh but that’s pretty funny.
That was a comedy, Bareback was much different.
How can any man go through life being known for “I wish I could quit you?”
I am not all that sure "actors" should consider the morality of the role they play in a film. If that were the case, moral people could not play the role of a murderer, adulterer, thief, drunken anti-semite or politician.
I didn’t watch Bareback mountain so I remember him for his role in the patriot.
That film was activist propaganda, not a run of the mill flick.
Me neither. He was great in the Patriot.
It was fiction, a movie and all the people in the movie were actors. The purpose of Brokeback Mountain was to make money and the goal of every actor in the film was not make money, not be an activist.
Why? He was brilliant in that role. I thought he deserved the Oscar for it. If it had not been for the movie Crash being out the same year, Brokeback Mountain should have taken the Oscar for best film as well. Amazing piece of film making. Ang Lee got some very good performances out of his actors. It's one of the better films I've seen in the past ten years.
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