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Pictures of Jake Gyllenhaal On the Cover of GQ Talking About Heath Ledger's Death 2010-04-13 09:00:00

Jake Gyllenhaal Talks About Heath Ledger, Life, and Love in GQ

Jake Gyllenhaal's penetrating stare on the May cover of GQ is just a hint at the intense article inside. Beyond just chatting about his childhood love of the Van Halen song "Jump," Jake delves deep into some of his most difficult moments on set — from Brokeback Mountain era conflict with Heath Ledger to fights with Peter Sarsgaard while working on Jarhead. Jake also backs off a little on his former statements that the "most important job for a man is finding the right woman." This time Jake says, "It goes in either direction . . . who am I to say what the most important thing in life is? The best answer I could give to any of those things is that I really don't know. Particularly right now in my life." Jake also talked candidly about his relationship with Heath Ledger and the effect his death had on Jake's life outlook. See all the pictures of Jake on and here's more from the article:

  • On Heath: "He was very sensitive. He didn’t always have a sense of performance in his everyday life. He knew who he was. I think actors very often, they know how to present something, and that’s part of their job. I think he was just really sensitive. We often used to do a lot of things together, because people were very interested in him and I think we felt safe together. For such a serious actor as Heath was, he was crazy funny. Dark funny, but funny. I don't think any of us can watch [Brokeback Mountain] to this day. I remember talking to Michelle very recently and her being like, 'I didn't know if it was any good or not.'"
  • On Heath's death: "I really don't like talking about it. That period of time was . . . it was difficult. Even when we did Brokeback and stuff, it was like my work was the only thing that mattered to me. It was like I could only understand or define myself through doing that. Life, I didn’t totally understand. And I think I was afraid of life. And I had success in my work, enough success that you could keep going back there. But after that happened . . . I think I recognized that it was work. And I recognized that [life] is for real."




Photo courtesy of Peggy Sirota/GQ

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Isista Isista 7 years
I agree with NotMeAnymore...I thought he made perfect sense. And I really don't see why the hell it matters whether he's gay or not. Seriously? He's a good actor, and he's probably promoting Prince of Persia.
xoxoheart xoxoheart 7 years
I agree with a lot of things NotMeAnymore said, just leave him alone who cares if hes gay or not its none of your business. I can understand people not getting what he said we call that Gyllenbabble when he talks you can't always understand it.
NotMeAnymore NotMeAnymore 7 years
I had no problem understand what he said. It was very emotional, which was obvious, but I could understand it.
zebrastripes zebrastripes 7 years
Umm.. what the hell is he trying to say?? haha I re-read his answer to "On Heath's Death," but I'm still pretty confused..
cupcakers cupcakers 7 years
who cares if he is gay or not!!!!
vinnie vinnie 7 years
Give him a break! He sounds like a guy that's just trying to figure things out.
tabitha26 tabitha26 7 years
I get a gay vibe from Jake. (not sure why.) However, I do find him way more interesting than other youngish actors, such as Leonardo Dicaprio, for some reason.
NotMeAnymore NotMeAnymore 7 years
I don't understand why he owes the gay community one damn thing. Even if he IS gay, which I doubt, he's not under any obligation to live his life in the way you say he should.
jordancane jordancane 7 years
I get what he's saying. I did need to re-read it too, but I do that with every interview that I'm interested in. Can't wait to read the full article!
kismekate kismekate 7 years
I had to re-read his answer re: Heath's death a couple of times. I can't seem to make sense of it...
NotMeAnymore NotMeAnymore 7 years
Those of you who whine about him being gay sound so childish. Seems to me that even if he were, who the hell cares? He's a very gifted actor. I'll be your cougar, Jake! :howyoudoin:
jaan_black jaan_black 7 years
I miss Heath :( ...and I don't know wtf Jakey boy is eluding to, I am absolutely convinced he's gay...the 4 minutes I saw of BBM was right after he died...they were fighting on a hill and then started kissing...that was all I will ever need to see, I know Heath got very into his roles, as any great actor should but I'm not up for 2 dudes banging in cowboy outfits...I like to imagine cowboys as sexy, gentlemen who can wrangle (lmao) a bull and **** the **** out of a woman properly
kaitxo kaitxo 7 years
Hottest. Guy. Ever.
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