Skip to comments.Heath Ledger angry at ban (says private business decision by theatre owners is "akin to racism")
Posted on 01/10/2006 4:34:06 PM PST by presidio9
HOT Oscar tip Heath Ledger yesterday compared US bans on his gay cowboy film to racism. Critics' Choice Awards Picture Gallery
Ledger said he was not surprised a Utah cinema had banned Brokeback Mountain, which depicts a lifelong love affair between two Montana cowboys. "I heard a while ago that West Virginia was going to ban it. But that's a state that was lynching people only 25 years ago, so that's to be expected," Ledger said.
"Personally, I don't think the movie is (controversial) but I think maybe the Mormons in Utah do. I think it's hilarious and very immature of a society.
"If two people are loving . . . I think we should be more concerned if two people express anger in love, than love."
Ledger was in Melbourne last night with his partner and Brokeback Mountain co-star Michelle Williams, and their daughter, Matilda, for the local premiere.
"She's (Matilda) been a big hit, had a big opening weekend and there'll probably be a sequel," Ledger said on the red carpet.
Ledger has been nominated for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for his performance and is tipped to be an Oscar nominee.
He earlier said he was "incredibly proud" of the film, but awards were the last thing on his mind when he was making the film.
"If you're thinking ahead and about people's opinions or how the film's going to be judged later it will affect the decisions you make on camera," he said earlier.
While filming the love story with co-star Jake Gyllenhaal, Ledger was falling for on-screen wife Michelle Williams.
"It was obviously a very personal, beautiful kind of evolving life and love that was occurring off-set, and then we'd go to work," he said.
Ledger arrived home in Sydney eight days ago but said its paparazzi would make it impossible to live there for good.
One photographer has alleged Ledger's uncle spat on him a claim Ledger denies.
Of the paparazzi, he said: "It sucks, because it's only like it when I come back to Sydney. It's not like that here or in Brooklyn, where we live now." Brokeback Mountain, based on a short story by author Annie Proulx, opens on January 26.
Go eat a popsickle!
LOL--someone forward this to Senator Byrd.
I see he puts his foot in his mouth too! lol
STFU, you worthless liberal whiner.
Why? He was the one doing the lynching!
Real tears from a Back-Door Cowboy!
So a theater, a business, not choosing to run a movie no one will go to is now banning a movie.
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Great time to rip off the West Virginia cracks.
Of the paparazzi, he said: "It sucks ...
From the looks of things, so do you, Heath! LOL
He said that about 18 people have actually seen the movie, but evidently, they all were the right people since the movie has been nominated for multiple awards.
I will never go see this bunch of sh!t.
Another crock. Who reaallly cares what this idiot thinks?
I only didn't go because the concessions didn't serve pudding.
..........Why'd he have to turn out to be an idiot????:(
Heath, shut-up! There is no way any sane person would think that keeping your pathetic film out of their theaters is akin to racism. In fact, just you trying to link this to racism is offensive to me!
You can really really like to hang out with guys, drink beer, watch sports, etc., but real men don't want to shtup each other, shtoopid!
Commentator Appalled but not Surprised compares queer flik star Heath Ledger to a mongoloid baboon, then apologizes to aforesaid baboons for the comparison.
LOL, I am now waiting for confirmation on any and all 1981 West Virgina lynchings. What did Senator Byrd know, and when did he know it?
Just because a movie is made, there is no inherant right to have it shown.
Only goes to show. Don't break down barriers unless you can see what's on the other side.
It was a really cute movie....a take-off of Taming the Shrew...
He disgusts me now, and I have no intention of watching another movie with him in it.
BTW - 5 weeks on screen and has made a whopping $22.4M...the movie cost $14M to make....and it has to triple that $14M to actually make the money back....so far....it's a monetary flop.....yet, somehow media etc keeps telling the public that it's a hit....hmmmm....
Oh yes. That Ronald Reagan was president in the 80's and he did the worst stuff. Did you know that in addition to facilitating lynchings in West Virginia, he invented homelessness and tried to destroy the world with nuclear weapons? Only the stiff opposition of Great Men like John Kerry and Ted Kennedy prevented it.
Well, this shows how much the "stars" know about the concepts of free enterprise, independent businesses and private property.......unless it's theirs.
Don't try to use logic with liberals.
It only makes their heads hurt.
That is a slander on West Virginia which has it's own mountains, but instead of two cowboys who want to ride each other, it's still the farmer and his sheep.
I knew I shouldn't do this, but here goes. I can't stop now.
Ledger is way out there in loony left land.
Society doesn't have to accept sodomy in order to be mature.
These Hollywood types are not just idiots. They are pure evil.
You can expect both of these moronic pinheads to jump into the Brokedick Mountain controvery up to their necks. This is how they guarantee themselves Oscars and other crappy awards given out by their artsy-fartsy Liberal pals.
What the....? It looks like I missed something really important during my formative years.
Hey Ledger..............f**k off.
The last lynching in the US was in 1964, 2 whites and 1 black.
You loved and adored the characters he played, not him. He was just as much of a jerk then as now.
Why'd he have to turn out to be an idiot????:(
Because almost all actors are.
Hey Heath, I also bet you won't be hearing from Mel Gibson anytime soon about movie offers.
If I may......with all due respect.....
"Only goes to show....don't [feebly and clumsily attempt to] break down [supposed] "barriers" unless you are willing to face the consequences of the breakage."
Ledger and co. obviously aren't........
Speaking of box office figures, it is averaging $100,000 per week in the original six theatres it opened in (3 of which are in Greenwich Village). Get rid of those those receipts, and the "record box office" starts to look pretty pedestrian. Pillow biters everywhere are flocking to this movie out of civic duty.
For comparison, Walk The Line, which was the consensus Oscar favorite until Hollywood forcefed us was has made $100mm. WTL had a budget of $25mm. Mostly because execs were afraid that America wasn't ready for a Country Music film and insisted on Reese Witherspoon (not sure what Reese got here, but she made $15mm for her previous film). Brokeback appears to have made critics forget about WTL, but it is going to be lucky to end up with 1/5 the gross. It cost $14mm to make. By any standards, it is not runaway success that you have been led to believe. Oh, and it featured an all-star cast, and a hot director. And you can forget about the "independant" lable. Fucus films is a division of Paramount. Hollywood is currently experimenting with pseudo-indepedants the way Coors and Anheuser Bush experimented with microbrews a few years ago.
...Ledger was convinced by the big boys that if he sold his soul for this movie, he could be a contender.
His little star was fading fast, and he thought this would be his big chance.
But it's backfiring (no pun intended) bigtime, and little Heathcliff is crying and whining now.
I bet his uncle really did spit on him.
I screwed up and saw "Brothers Grimm." What a bunch of garbage. Judging from the trailers of "Casanova," Ledger better hope his "gay sheepherder" movie makes some money. If not, he better start practicing flippin' burgers unless he can get a job as the french fry guy.
Oh, jeeezzzzz. This from a 26-year-old Australian who probably couldn't find West Virginia on a map even if it was highlighted for him.
The "dark age" he's referring to when people were dropping like flies in West Virginia was 1980, BTW. Yep. That was a real "dark age," alright. Ronald Reagan was elected President that year.
Don't forget all Reagan did to ramp up the AIDs crisis, the worst epidemic monogamous heterosexual drug-free Americans have ever faced. Jimmy Brolin told me so.
I agree! I lived and worked in Hollyweird for 14 years...I know all about it! ;)