Jake Gyllenhaal Remembers ‘Brokeback Mountain’ 10 Years Later
It’s been a long 10 years since Jake Gyllenhaal starred in the boundary-breaking gay film, Brokeback Mountain. He sat down for an interview with the LMU Film School and talked about the film that changed his career.
Gyllenhaal says that he never felt the pressure of playing a gay role because of how he was raised:
“I had been brought up in an elementary school where, my first few grades, I remember being specifically told that my teachers were gay. I was just that age and that was just how it was, and my parents were very… You know, that’s how I was raised. Like super-progressive. And so it’s just something I took for granted, weirdly. At the time. I think, now, younger generations do take that for granted in a lot of ways. I don’t think that takes away from the struggle of identity and what that is. But the struggle for identity is everybody’s struggle. No matter what it is.”