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Jake Gyllenhaal ‘happy’ to be gay icon


Hollywood actor JAKE GYLLENHAAL is pleased he accepted the role in BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN – because he enjoys his status as a gay icon. The 27-year-old – who is dating actress Reese Witherspoon – took the lead role in the movie about a gay cowboy couple alongside late actor Heath Ledger. And Gyllenhaal does not regret taking the part – or answering questions about his sexuality. He says, “I’m comfortable with whatever status I have. It’s flattering.”

Jake Gyllenhaal has revealed that he is happy to be a gay icon following his role in Brokeback Mountain.

The 27-year-old played a gay rodeo cowboy in the 2005 movie, which also starred late actor Heath Ledger.

He insisted that had no problem being a heartthrob for the homosexual community, saying: “I’m comfortable with whatever status I have. It’s flattering.”

Gyllenhaal was voted the ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by readers of gay entertainment website AfterElton last year.

He is rumoured to be engaged to Rendition co-star Reese Witherspoon.

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Heath Andrew Ledger (born April 4, 1979) is an Academy Award-nominated Australian actor.

Ledger was born in Perth, Western Australia, the son of Sally Ledger Bell (née Ramshaw), a French teacher, and Kim Ledger, a race car driver and mining engineer. Ledger’s mother is descended from the Clan Campbell of Scotland and his father comes from a family well-known in Perth, as the Sir Frank Ledger Charitable Trust was named after his great-grandfather. Ledger attended Marys Mount Primary School, in Gooseberry Hill, and later Guildford Grammar School and its preparatory school of the same name. At 16, Ledger sat for early graduation exams, and left school to pursue an acting career with girlfriend Jenna Sorrell. With his best friend, Trevor DiCarlo, Ledger made the cross-country drive to Sydney. He returned to Perth for the TV series Sweat (1996), in which he played a gay cyclist. He then starred in the American television series Roar.

In 1997, Ledger made his film debut in the Australian movie Blackrock. In 1999, Ledger starred in the teen comedy 10 Things I Hate about You and also had the lead role in the acclaimed Australian movie Two Hands, directed by Gregor Jordan. Since then he has starred in The Patriot, Monster’s Ball, A Knight’s Tale, Ned Kelly, The Order, and The Brothers Grimm.

In 2001, he won a ShoWest Award for the Male Star of Tomorrow based on his performance in The Patriot, and worldwide release of A Knight’s Tale. In 2003, he was named one of Australian GQ’s Gay Men of the Year for acting.

In 2005, Ledger received a “Best Actor in a Drama” Golden Globe nomination for his acclaimed performance in Brokeback Mountain, in which he plays Wyoming ranch hand Ennis Del Mar, who has a love affair with aspiring rodeo rider Jack Twist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. In the New York Times review of the film, critic Stephen Holden wrote:

“Both Mr. Ledger and Mr. Gyllenhaal make this anguished love story physically palpable. Mr. Ledger magically and mysteriously disappears beneath the skin of his lean, sinewy character. It is a screen performance, as good as the best of Marlon Brando and Sean Penn.”

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