It’s been eight years since the very talented actor Heath Ledger died of an accidental overdose. The Brokeback Mountain actor has left behind a lot of great movies and people who loved him. One of those who were close to Heath is Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal’s relationship with Heath Ledger grew wings on the set of Brokeback Mountain. Gyllenhaal doesn’t want to express his personal feelings about Heath’s death to the public.

“Personally, it affected me in ways I can’t necessarily put in words or even would want to talk about publicly,” he reveals.


The actor is more opened talking from a professional point of view.

“I think I was at an age where mortality was not always clear to me … I think you live in this bubble, too, of making films… There are real friends, and there is a real community, but there also is that (new Macklemore new album) where he says, The curtain closes and nobody notices.'”

Jake thinks that when the curtain falls nobody notices it but that’s ok. 
“I think that’s true, and I think that’s okay. But I think at the time, I assumed everyone would notice – and they did with Heath dying, but I think it (gave me) the experience of, ‘This is fleeting.’ And none of the attention or synthesized love that comes from the success of a film really matters at all.”

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Making a film is more important than the success coming after. That’s what Jake learned from Ledger’s death.
“What matters is the relationships you make when you make a film, and the people you learn from when you’re preparing for a film.”

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