Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Heath Ledger and the Brokeback Story
Well this should take the edge off all those Brokeback Mountain spoofs.
They won't be able to mock Heath Ledger anymore.
Or they shouldn't..... but they will. Because they weren't really mocking him. They were mocking OUR love.
As for me I just feel sad. What a tragic end for a promising young actor. When I heard the news I couldn't help think what his real gay cowboy friend is going to say.
"It takes courage and it takes strength and it takes that inner person to take hold and not worry what Tom or Harry down the road thinks. But it's hard, you're standing on your own island, singing your own song. I wouldn't have done the things I've done if I had come out earlier in life. It would have changed the paths I took and it wouldn't have been the same. That's what makes it your life."
I remember how I felt when Brokeback Mountain came out. How I was disappointed by the movie....and angered by the neverending parodies.
But also how I respected Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal for having the guts to play gay cowboys in love.
I was lucky.... I found my true love. Heath Ledger apparently looked for it all over Hollywood. Found it. And then lost her.
So I can only hope that this reviewer is wrong.
Ledger leaves behind a career of great promise, a too small body of films and the sense that he never admired his work as much as others did.
I hope he WAS proud of his work...because he didn't do too bad. He was a promising and gutsy young actor.
And that little Brokeback movie will always be special to us..... long after the parodies are forgotten.
Bigger than it really was. And now even sadder....
Bye bye cowboy. Cue the sunset.
The movie is over.
Life goes on...
P.S. Guess who is planning to picket Ledger's funeral?