Trivia / Brokeback Mountain

  • Acting in the Dark: Anne Hathaway claims she doesn't know if Lureen is lying when she tells Ennis how Jack died. There were two takes filmed with differing motivations, and parts from both of them were edited together in the final film.
  • Actor-Inspired Element: When Ennis finds his and Jack's shirts hanging in their childhood closet, Ennis's is tucked inside Jack's. At the end when Ennis takes them home, they are reversed. This was Heath Ledger's idea.
  • Banned in China: Literally. Despite celebrating Ang Lee's Oscar-winning movie as a triumph for the Chinese, the movie is still banned in the mainland (not the case for Taiwan) for its portrayal of homosexuals. It also got banned in most of the Middle East except for Lebanon and Turkey.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: The film's Signature Line is "I wish I knew how to quit you.", not "I wish I could quit you." or "I can't quit you.".
  • Big Name Fan: One of Daniel Day Lewis's favourite films. After Heath Ledger's death, he dedicated his SAG Award for There Will Be Blood to Heath's memory.
  • Creator Backlash: Annie Proulx has expressed regret over the story, if only for fans who send "ghastly manuscripts and pornish rewrites of the story to me, expecting me to reply with praise and applause for 'fixing' the story...".
  • Creator-Preferred Adaptation: Annie Proulx approved of the film, saying that Heath Ledger was exactly as she'd pictured Ennis.
  • Enforced Method Acting: In order to get into character and really show Alma's anguish over Ennis's infidelity with Jack, Michelle Williams asked Heath Ledger, who she was dating at the time, and Jake Gyllenhaal to make out behind the camera so her emotional anguish would be realistic. When they weren't passionate enough, she yelled at them.
  • Fake American: Heath Ledger (Australian) as Ennis.
  • Name's the Same: Brooklynn Proulx, who plays Jenny at age four, is not actually related to the author Annie Proulx.
  • Never Work with Children or Animals: Ang Lee had already sworn off ever making another movie featuring sheep after horrible experiences making Sense and Sensibility... and apparently they were even worse here.
  • Playing Against Type: Anne Hathaway as Lureen; this was one of several roles that moved her away from the Contractual Purity reputation she had at the time. Anne's agent even decided not to mention her work in The Princess Diaries or Ella Enchanted, and introduced her to Ang Lee as a New York City Broadway actress. He hadn't seen any of her work beforehand and cast her based on her audition.
  • Playing Gertrude: Heath Ledger was only four years older than Kate Mara, who played his daughter as a teenager. Granted he's supposed to be in his forties at this point in the film.
  • Romance on the Set: Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams fell in love on the set, and their daughter Matilda was born just before the film premiered.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • They filmed a sequence where Jack and Ennis help a group of hippies get their car out of a river. Word of God was that they wanted to show Jack and Ennis in a heroic situation. The sequence was disliked by nearly everyone - as it doesn't appear in the original story or the screenplay - and got cut from the final film.
    • Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix were considered for the leads in the film. Although the former was interested, he found the script too sexually graphic, and turned it down. Joseph Gordon Levitt was also heavily considered for the role of Ennis.
    • Anne Hathaway was sent the script with the role of Alma in mind. But when she read it, she decided she'd rather audition for Lureen instead.
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