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posted by January 24 at 10:05 AMon
Further Ledger-related eloquence comes from Slate’s Dana Stevens:
[T]hen there’s Brokeback Mountain, a movie in which Ledger belongs so completely that, in the end, the movie belongs to him. That’s not to discount Jake Gyllenhaal’s fine performance as the volatile, openly needy Jack Twist. But it’s the recalcitrance of Ennis Del Mar, Ledger’s more deeply closeted cowboy, that drives the story forward. Brokeback Mountain isn’t just about the impossibility of two men loving each other; it’s about the impossibility of anyone loving this particular man. Not only Jack Twist, but Ennis’ wife (Michelle Williams, who fell in love with Ledger during the filming) and a dime-a-dance bar girl (Linda Cardellini) all hack away unsuccessfully at Ennis’ shell. I remember, when Brokeback came out, two friends telling me separately that the flinty, secretly tender, intermittently rageful Ennis reminded them painfully of their own shut-down fathers. An impressive achievement for an actor who was 26 at the time.
“Working with Heath was one of the purest joys of my life,” Lee said in a statement released to People.com. “He brought to the role of Ennis more than any of us could have imagined…His death is heartbreaking.”