Jake Gyllenhaal On How “Playing Gay” Has Changed In Hollywood, Ten Years After “Brokeback Mountain”

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Can you believe it has already been ten years since Brokeback Mountain was released?

While promoting his new movie Southpaw, Jake Gyllenhaal reflected on how things have changed since the iconic gay cowboy film debuted.

BET asked the actor if he felt the “perceived risk” of taking on a gay role as a leading man in Hollywood has changed at all since he did it a decade ago.

“Oh definitely it’s changed. I think playing a role and living a life are two very different things. I think telling stories, and all different stories, is what makes acting so great. It’s why I was really proud of Brokeback Mountain and everything it had to say. And it was an interesting journey to go on to learn about that world.”

He also took a moment to share his feelings on the Supreme Court’s historic marriage equality ruling.

“When I heard about the news I thought, wow, how far we’ve come in a decade. And how far we have to go in so many things. But I think hopefully something like that in terms of—the resistance of society and seeing that it’s possible to change was such an amazing thing. I remember thinking, my mom sent me the decision. And how it was written, I thought it was so beautiful. And she said it’s all about love. My brother said to me a few weeks ago, all we leave behind is the wake of our lives, that’s all we have. And to know that [love] wins out sometimes is an inspiration to me.”

And finally, just as a friendly reminder, here is what Gyllenhaal did to his body for Southpaw.

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h/t: Towleroad

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