It's hard to believe, but exactly ten years ago -- that's December 9, , FYI -- Ang Lee's " Brokeback Mountain " hit theaters to a deluge of tasteless jokes from the Fox News crowd and awards buzz alike. The simple, beautifully crafted love story between two cowboys played to perfection by Jake Gyllenhaal and the late Heath Ledger in Wyoming had audiences hooked, with the film eventually earning Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Original Score. What's even harder to believe than the cruel passage of time, however, is the controversy and seemingly non-stop media coverage "Brokeback" garnered a mere decade ago. In , "Carol," "The Danish Girl," and "Tangerine" are all earning awards buzz of their own -- and of course there's Caitlyn Jenner, Laverne Cox, and shows like "Orange is the New Black" moving LGBTQ representation forward on television -- but back in , a movie about two men falling in love on a mountain was enough to cause not only theater bans , but allegations of a liberal agenda in Hollywood. It's truly wild. However, just because it seems like things are hunky-dory for the LGBTQ crowd now -- at least compared to ten years ago -- does that mean they actually are?
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Ennis tells Jack about something he saw as a boy. They were the joke of the town, even though they were pretty tough old birds. Ennis says: "My dad, he made sure me and my brother saw it. For all I know, he did it. This childhood memory is always there, the ghost in the room, in Ang Lee 's "Brokeback Mountain. Years after he first makes love with Jack on a Wyoming mountainside, after his marriage has failed, after his world has compressed to a mobile home, the laundromat, the TV, he still feels the same pain: "Why don't you let me be? It's because of you, Jack, that I'm like this -- nothing, and nobody.
Here's Why Jake Gyllenhaal Didn't Sweat Playing Gay In 'Brokeback Mountain'
Adapted from the short story of the same name by Annie Proulx , the screenplay was written by Ossana and Larry McMurtry. Lee became attached to the project after previous attempts to adapt the short story into a film did not materialize. Focus Features and River Road Entertainment would jointly produce and distribute the film. After Ledger and Gyllenhaal's casting was announced in , filming commenced in various locations in Alberta, Canada in
The seminal queer film had a massive impact -- not only on the lives of many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT individuals who saw it, but also on our culture because it was one of the first mainstream films to authentically portray queer experiences. During the conversation, Gyllenhaal shared with the audience why he didn't necessarily sweat playing a queer role:. I had been brought up in an elementary school where, my first few grades, I remember being specifically told that my teachers were gay. Like super-progressive. At the time.