65-year-old owner of the “Golden Palm Branch” Gus Van Sain in a recent interview touched on the cult film “Brokeback Mountain.” The director was signed to the shooting before the producers replaced him with Ang Lee, who later received an Oscar for this work. Van Sant mentioned that in his casting list the names of Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and other popular actors were on the first place.
When I started work on the film, I felt that a strong cast would be needed here. In the list of my candidates were Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Ryan Philippe, but they all said no. Nobody wanted to take part in this project,
– Van Sant complained.
Recall that in the center of the story was the story of two married men, between whom romantic relationships begin. In the film, the main characters were played by Heath Letger and Jake Gyllenhaal, who, by the way, became very friendly on the set.
The producers claimed that this was the first gay western, although Andy Warhol and Howard Hawks in the film “The Red River” uncovered the theme of same-sex relations of cowboys in the cinema.
“Brokeback Mountain” made a lot of noise at the Oscar ceremony in 2005, taking three gold statuettes – for the best direction, adapted script and soundtrack. Also the film had a huge chance to get the main prize, but among the film academics a real scandal broke out on the ground of homophobia of some of them. Thus, the American actor Ernest Borgnine, who was 88 at the time, said that if John Wayne (the famous western film director – Ed.) Were alive, he would have turned over in a coffin.
It is also interesting that in 1991, Gus Van Sain made the film “My personal state of Idaho” with River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves in the lead roles. It was a kind of road-movie about two homosexual hustlers who go on a trip to America. For both heroes, this trip became a symbol of spiritual search.
But fate somehow brought Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt on one set: now the actors are involved in the new film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” by Quentin Tarantino, where they play friends and companions. Will there be any connection between them in the film, except for the work, is unknown.
But it is known that the winner of the “Oscar” DiCaprio knows what a strong male friendship. His main friend Lucas Haas is familiar with the actor since childhood. Paparazzi often see them together, even in those moments when Leonardo is on a date with a girl. In addition, friends are united by the “Brotherhood of Girlfriends”, which also includes actor Toby Maguire.