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Heath Ledger angry at ban (says private business decision by theatre owners is "akin to racism")
Herald Sun ^ | January 11, 2006 | Claire Sutherland and Mark Moor

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.


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1 posted on 01/10/2006 4:34:09 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9

Go eat a popsickle!


2 posted on 01/10/2006 4:35:35 PM PST by samadams2000 (Remember our Founding Fathers were REAL men- Unlike today's Rinos)
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To: presidio9

LOL--someone forward this to Senator Byrd.


3 posted on 01/10/2006 4:36:22 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: presidio9

I see he puts his foot in his mouth too! lol


4 posted on 01/10/2006 4:38:15 PM PST by Fledermaus (Please explain the difference between Al-Qaeda and the Left? Anyone? Anyone?)
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To: presidio9

STFU, you worthless liberal whiner.


5 posted on 01/10/2006 4:38:17 PM PST by pissant
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To: Mamzelle
LOL--someone forward this to Senator Byrd.

Why? He was the one doing the lynching!

6 posted on 01/10/2006 4:38:33 PM PST by Bommer
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To: presidio9

Real tears from a Back-Door Cowboy!


7 posted on 01/10/2006 4:38:43 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: presidio9

So a theater, a business, not choosing to run a movie no one will go to is now banning a movie.


8 posted on 01/10/2006 4:39:01 PM PST by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: presidio9

Related story: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1555608/posts


9 posted on 01/10/2006 4:39:03 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: EdReform; little jeremiah; ItsOurTimeNow; Grampa Dave

ping


10 posted on 01/10/2006 4:39:57 PM PST by presidio9 (Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.)
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To: BenLurkin

Great time to rip off the West Virginia cracks.


11 posted on 01/10/2006 4:40:06 PM PST by Paul8148
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To: presidio9
While filming the love story with co-star Jake Gyllenhaal ...

Of the paparazzi, he said: "It sucks ...

From the looks of things, so do you, Heath! LOL

12 posted on 01/10/2006 4:40:41 PM PST by Reagan Man (Secure our borders;punish employers who hire illegals;stop all welfare to illegals)
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To: presidio9
I like the comment by Charles Krauthammmer concerning the movie brokeback cowboy...

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.

13 posted on 01/10/2006 4:41:19 PM PST by B.O. Plenty (Islam, liberalism and abortions are terminal..)
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To: presidio9

Another crock. Who reaallly cares what this idiot thinks?


14 posted on 01/10/2006 4:41:44 PM PST by freekitty
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To: presidio9
Gay shepherds not cowboys. Just helping the sheep over the fence.
15 posted on 01/10/2006 4:42:13 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Paul8148
"West Virginia cracks"?
16 posted on 01/10/2006 4:42:17 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: samadams2000

I only didn't go because the concessions didn't serve pudding.


17 posted on 01/10/2006 4:42:56 PM PST by AmishDude
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To: presidio9
""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."

Damn! I didn't know that there were lynchings goin on during the 80s in West Virginia.
18 posted on 01/10/2006 4:43:03 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead
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To: presidio9
.....sigh.................loved him in "The Patriot", adored him in "A Knight's Tale"..................

..........Why'd he have to turn out to be an idiot????:(

19 posted on 01/10/2006 4:43:15 PM PST by MozartLover ( My son, my soldier, my hero. Protect him, Lord, wherever he goes, and keep him strong.)
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To: All

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!


20 posted on 01/10/2006 4:44:03 PM PST by Sister_T (Kenneth Blackwell for Governor of Ohio!)
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To: presidio9
>and there'll probably be a sequel," Ledger said on the red carpet.

"Brokeback Mountain II: Sloppy Seconds"
21 posted on 01/10/2006 4:44:05 PM PST by hemogoblin
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To: presidio9
Oh jeez...start working on "Fudgepack Mountain II" and STFU.

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!

22 posted on 01/10/2006 4:44:09 PM PST by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: samadams2000

Commentator Appalled but not Surprised compares queer flik star Heath Ledger to a mongoloid baboon, then apologizes to aforesaid baboons for the comparison.


23 posted on 01/10/2006 4:46:19 PM PST by Appalled but Not Surprised
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To: Mamzelle; FreeInWV; Paul8148; BenLurkin; white trash redneck; Corin Stormhands; billhilly; ...
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.

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?

24 posted on 01/10/2006 4:46:22 PM PST by presidio9 (Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.)
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To: presidio9

Just because a movie is made, there is no inherant right to have it shown.


25 posted on 01/10/2006 4:47:24 PM PST by Keith in Iowa (Don't have an annus horribilis in 2006.)
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To: BenLurkin

Only goes to show. Don't break down barriers unless you can see what's on the other side.


26 posted on 01/10/2006 4:48:55 PM PST by BerryessaJim (Straight eyes on "queer" guys.)
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To: MozartLover
Discovered him in Ten Things I Hate About You...

It was a really cute movie....a take-off of Taming the Shrew...

..Too bad.

He disgusts me now, and I have no intention of watching another movie with him in it.

27 posted on 01/10/2006 4:49:30 PM PST by Guenevere
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To: mhking; rdb3; cyborg

ping


28 posted on 01/10/2006 4:52:14 PM PST by presidio9 (Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.)
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To: Keith in Iowa
And no inherant right that we have to actually go to see 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....

29 posted on 01/10/2006 4:53:01 PM PST by BossLady
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To: Keith in Iowa
..just ask the Ishtar cast. ;)
30 posted on 01/10/2006 4:53:32 PM PST by small voice in the wilderness (The Culture of Corruption hurts. But it's the dems. Corruption of Culture that destroys.)
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To: Texas_Jarhead
Damn! I didn't know that there were lynchings goin on during the 80s in West Virginia.

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.

31 posted on 01/10/2006 4:56:46 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: tallhappy

Well, this shows how much the "stars" know about the concepts of free enterprise, independent businesses and private property.......unless it's theirs.


32 posted on 01/10/2006 4:57:11 PM PST by 308MBR (After over 20 years of GOP only, I'm voting a split ticket in 'O6 and hoping for gridlock.)
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To: tallhappy
Shhh...

Don't try to use logic with liberals.

It only makes their heads hurt.

33 posted on 01/10/2006 4:59:08 PM PST by twntaipan (Liberals: Eternally stuck on stupid.)
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To: Mamzelle

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.


34 posted on 01/10/2006 4:59:15 PM PST by billhilly
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To: presidio9
I think it's hilarious and very immature of a society.

Ledger is way out there in loony left land.

Society doesn't have to accept sodomy in order to be mature.

35 posted on 01/10/2006 4:59:41 PM PST by bulldozer
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To: presidio9
Heath Ledger is a damn fool. There has not been a single report of the banning of the movie in West Virginia and yet he insults the ENTIRE state by implying residents there are a bunch of lynching murderers.

These Hollywood types are not just idiots. They are pure evil.

36 posted on 01/10/2006 5:00:26 PM PST by NoControllingLegalAuthority
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To: presidio9

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.


37 posted on 01/10/2006 5:00:36 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (We did not lose in Vietnam. We left.)
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To: presidio9
But that's a state that was lynching people only 25 years ago, so that's to be expected," Ledger said.

What the....? It looks like I missed something really important during my formative years.

38 posted on 01/10/2006 5:01:23 PM PST by pollyannaish
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To: presidio9

Hey Ledger..............f**k off.


39 posted on 01/10/2006 5:01:30 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: presidio9
lynching people only 25 years

The last lynching in the US was in 1964, 2 whites and 1 black.

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/shipp/lynchingyear.html

40 posted on 01/10/2006 5:02:03 PM PST by razorback-bert
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To: razorback-bert

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/shipp/lynchingyear.html


41 posted on 01/10/2006 5:02:20 PM PST by razorback-bert
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To: MozartLover
sigh.................loved him in "The Patriot", adored him in "A Knight's Tale"...

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.

42 posted on 01/10/2006 5:03:55 PM PST by Capriole (I don't have any problems that can't be solved by more chocolate or more ammunition.)
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To: presidio9

Hey Heath, I also bet you won't be hearing from Mel Gibson anytime soon about movie offers.




43 posted on 01/10/2006 5:04:19 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican (We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good. - Hillary Clinton)
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To: BerryessaJim
"Only goes to show. Don't break down barriers unless you can see what's on the other side."

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........

44 posted on 01/10/2006 5:06:44 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: BossLady

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.


45 posted on 01/10/2006 5:07:14 PM PST by presidio9 (Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.)
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To: RightOnline; Dog; MozartLover
I'll tell you what the real story is...

...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.

46 posted on 01/10/2006 5:07:33 PM PST by Guenevere
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To: presidio9

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.


47 posted on 01/10/2006 5:07:37 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (We did not lose in Vietnam. We left.)
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To: presidio9
But that's a state that was lynching people only 25 years ago, so that's to be expected," Ledger said.

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.

48 posted on 01/10/2006 5:10:16 PM PST by Wolfstar ("We must...all hang together or...we shall all hang separately." Benjamin Franklin)
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To: ModelBreaker

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.


49 posted on 01/10/2006 5:10:59 PM PST by presidio9 (Si hoc legere scis nimium eruditionis habes.)
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To: presidio9

I agree! I lived and worked in Hollyweird for 14 years...I know all about it! ;)


50 posted on 01/10/2006 5:11:59 PM PST by BossLady
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