Jake Gyllenhaal spoke briefly to Entertainment Weekly about how he’s “mystified by the hoopla” surrounding his gay cowboy role in Brokeback Mountain:
“I really did approach it like I would any love story. No matter how weird people might think it is or how f—ed up they might consider a certain relationship to be, if there is love there, then that’s all that matters.” Asked about rumors that the film’s love scenes break explicit new ground, he laughs coyly. “I mean…I don’t know…Um, all I can say is that they’re there.” Another mischievous laugh.
In Hawaii for the Maui Film Festival, Jake also tells the Maui News, “[Choosing a topical story] wasn’t really a conscious move. With Brokeback Mountain, it just moved me deeply. When I read the script, I had never read a love story that was told in the way that one was.”