Jake Gyllenhaal Changed By Heath Ledgers’ Death – Actor Jake Gyllenhaal has revealed how he was deeply affected by the death of actor and friend, Heath Ledger.
“Personally, it affected me in ways I can’t necessarily put in words or even would want to talk about publicly,” 35-year-old Gyllenhaal said in a recent interview. “In terms of professionally, I think I was at an age where mortality was not always clear to me.”
The two actors had met while shooting Brokeback Mountain in 2005, and had become close friends. Gyllenhaal admitted that Ledger’s death made him stop worrying about movie successes.
“I think you live in this bubble of making films… there are real friends, and there is a real community,” he says. “I think it (gave me) the experience of, ‘This is fleeting’. And none of the attention or synthesised love that comes from the success of a film really matters at all.
“What matters is the relationships you make when you make a film, and the people you learn from when you’re preparing for a film. That changed a lot for me.”