My Tribute to Heath

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    Jan 25, 2008 2:39 PM GMT

    I know we've all been saturated with the tragic news of Heath Ledger's untimely death but I did some searching and found some fantastic Brokeback montages and thought I'd share them. I'm sure we've all seen the images but it's the music attached that really made it for me.

    As much as I'd like to say Brokeback Mountain was 'just a movie' wasn't. For most people in the world it was the first time they'd ever experienced such a love story...a pure and true love between two men.

    I'll never forget going to see the movie. It was a 'first date' and it was my suggestion. My date lived in the 'burbs' so we went to a theatre there to see it. It was a Friday night and the theatre was packed. I remember sitting in the seats, looking around and thinking we were probably the only gay couple there, despite the fact that there were a couple other guys that were seated next to each other...were they testing the waters? Maybe. I also remember others looking around and 'eye-spying' us while the light's were still up...but not in a bad way...but instead with a knowing smile and slight nod and whisper. But there are two things I remember most from that night. First was the audiences complete utter silence and attention to the movie and second was the muffled sound of people's tears...including my own.

    I think many of us, as gay men, will forever appreciate Heath's sensitive and moving work on Brokeback Mountain especially when we now all know how many actors refused to even look at taking the role for fear of what others might think. It's hard to think of an actor who showed so many people worldwide that gay love has dignity and deserves equal respect. And for that, I'm forever grateful. My only hope is that he truly realized how much it meant to me...and my gay brothers...or that he know's it now.

    Ok, I've babbled on long enough.


    "Kissing you" - Des'ree

    "Good-bye My Lover" - James Blunt

    The original movie trailer...which just makes me want to see the movie again
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 25, 2008 4:41 PM GMT
    Very well put... and thanks for sharing that. Excellent post. I'm sure you speak for so many here.
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    Jan 25, 2008 4:52 PM GMT
    I saw it twice in the theater and both times the guys that were crying the most after the movie were straight guys that had been dragged there by their girlfriends. Granted it was on Capitol Hill in Seattle and most of the straight boys there tend to be sensitive post-grunge granola types, but it really spoke of how the movie, and Ledger's performance in particular, were able to strike a common emotional chord with people regardless of gender or orientation.
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    Jan 25, 2008 7:21 PM GMT
    The movie had such impact on me. I can feel both of their feelings and emotions; how jack wished the whole thing would work, and how ennis held back and was afraid. The ending was really too emotional for me that I have yet to have the guts to see it 2nd time, though i have the dvd.
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    Jan 25, 2008 7:27 PM GMT
    Well, shit..... I saw Tribute to Heath and got all excited and stuff..... icon_redface.gif
  • zakariahzol

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    Jan 25, 2008 7:38 PM GMT
    I was depressed for weeks after seeing that movie for the first time. It like somebody have slap me in the face r give me a really hard punch on my stomach. The movie is so realistic that they could have been making a movie about my life. Just like in the movie I live in a gay oppresed country where there no such thing as gay marry or two men living together (unless you manage to disguise it as housemate). Love between two men are something sinful and should be carry out in secrecy. When Ennis receive that post card with the word "Deceased" I was so shock that I feel like crying. When Health are holding that blooding shirt at the end of the movie, it like I am looking at myself at end of my life. Full with regret, unfullfill love and loneliness.

    Heath Ledger is so brialliant in that movie. He , Jake and Brokeback will be in my memory for the rest of my life. Heath is one actor I will never forget and I will miss him forever. It really sad that he no longer with us.

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    Jan 25, 2008 8:51 PM GMT
    My experience in watching this film was the most I've heard a room full of straight people cry at a movie. I have to think that many straight guys looked back at times when they said the word "fag" or said "that's so gay" and felt genuine remorse.

    Some gay guys can childishly try to act cool and attempt to diminish the impact of this movie and its bold actors. But one or two of these very same people may have been dragged behind a truck by now were it not for Brokeback Mountain. You never know.

    Overall I don't have much of a personal taste for Hollywood. But for better or for worse, people pay attention to what comes out of there, and therefore Hollywood is currently a powerful mechanism for change.

    Thanks, Heath, for putting so much on the line in a way that benefitted millions.
  • GQjock

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    Jan 26, 2008 7:43 AM GMT
    Ang Lee was able to take what was a pretty sad novella and turn it into a tour de force masterpiece of lost love
    Heath Ledger without a doubt should have won an Oscar for his haunting performance of a man who missed out on the love of his life
    It's a movie that can be watched again and again and still bring up an emotional response