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Pedro Almodóvar Says His ‘Brokeback Mountain’ Would Have Had “A Lot More Gay Sex”

by Jeff Taylor September 06, 2016

Brokeback Mountain

Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger in Brokeback Mountain.

We were this close to getting a Brokeback Mountain directed by the iconic Pedro Almodóvar, and had it happened it would have included way more gay sex.

Related: Jake Gyllenhaal Has Hard Time Expressing How Heath Ledger’s Death Affected Him

While promoting his new flick Julieta, the iconic Spanish director told The Empire Film Podcast that he was originally set to direct the 2005 film. Not only that, had he taken the job, it would have differed significantly from Ang Lee‘s vision.

“More sex, more sex,” he said.

Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar, via cynsimp on Flickr. CC 2.0.

“It’s not gratuitous,” he added. “The Annie Proulx story is about a physical relation, an animal relation. So sex is necessary because it is the body of the story. So I always have the image that these two guys start making love to each other like the animals that they were taking care of. I mean, against the cold in the mountains, yes, a way to survive in the mountains.”

Related: Five Fascinating Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Gay Sex

Almodóvar said the romantic relationship that developed between the two characters is an accident that develops much to their surprise.

He added that he loved Ang Lee’s movie and the performances turned in by Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, and that he isn’t sure he could have gotten his version of the movie made in the U.S. anyway.

“It seems to me I could do that in Europe, but not in the United States,” he concluded.

Related: Heath Ledger Based His “Brokeback Mountain” Character On His Homophobic Gay Uncle

Listen to the podcast below. Almodóvar’s interview begins at around the 41 minute mark and he starts talking about “Brokeback Mountain” at around the 54 minute mark.




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