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These Six Famous Actors Could Have Starred in 'Brokeback Mountain' Before Turning Down Roles

Brokeback Mountain was a smash-hit film back when it was released in theaters in 2005.

The original film was directed by Ang Lee and starred the late Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in the leading roles.

What you may not know is, several A-List actors turned down the roles of Jack (Gyllenhaal) and Ennis (Ledger) when they read the script. During recent interviews, one director who almost directed the movie, Gus Van Sant, revealed who turned down the roles. Screenwriter Diana Ossana also named some names in another interview.

Click through the slideshow to see which six super famous actors turned down roles in 2005′s Brokeback Mountain…

'The Dark Knight' to Return to Select Theaters for 10th Anniversary!

Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight will be returning to theaters in select locations in honor of the film’s 10th anniversary!

Four select IMAX theaters in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Toronto will screen the movie for one week beginning on August 24, Variety reports.

The theaters are the AMC Universal Citywalk IMAX in Universal City, the AMC Lincoln Square IMAX in New York, the AMC Metreon IMAX in San Francisco, and the Ontario Place Cinesphere IMAX in Toronto.

The film was the highest grossing film of 2018, and starred Christian Bale as Batman and the late Heath Ledger as the Joker (he received a posthumous Oscar for his work in the film.)

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Busy Philipps Responds to Criticism of Instagram Post from 10th Anniversary of Heath Ledger's Death

Busy Philipps looks beautiful on the cover of The Cut‘s April 2018 issue. She opened up to the mag about the backlash that she received for an Instagram post she put up on the 10th anniversary of her late friend Heath Ledger‘s death.

The actress flew to her BFF Michelle Williams‘ side to be with her on the sad day. She posted an intimate photo of her and Michelle, which she captioned, “It’s ok.”

“I think some people felt like I was being exploitative,” Busy said about the post. “I’ve never even really spoken about [Ledger’s death], because I never would want to have it be misconstrued in that way, but it was the ten-year anniversary, and…”

“It’s just been a long ten years, you know?” Busy continued while starting to cry. “That anniversary just brought up a lot of… I can’t believe it’s been ten years. I was pregnant with Birdie. I had seen him a couple months earlier, and you know, [Williams and Ledger] were broken up. I’ve never talked about it. I’ve never shared it, because I’m hyper protective of [Williams] and her daughter. But I also think … I think it’s okay. Everyone’s allowed to have their own feelings about something that happens.”

Michelle told the mag that she doesn’t look at Busy‘s Instagram page (as she doesn’t have social media). “I trust her judgment implicitly,” she said.

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Naomi Watts Remembers Her Late Ex Heath Ledger on His 39th Birthday

Naomi Watts is thinking fondly of her ex, the late Heath Ledger, on what would have been his 39th birthday on Wednesday (April 4).

The actress posted a picture of the two of them together holding hands on her social media.

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“Happy birthday to this darling heart. We will never forget you… #heathledger #rip,” she captioned the post.

The two dated between 2002 and 2004.

Earlier in the year, Naomi also payed tribute to Heath with an emotional tribute post on the ten year anniversary of his death.

Busy Philipps Traveled to Be with Michelle Williams on 10 Year Anniversary of Heath Ledger's Death

Busy Philipps flew to be by her best friend’s side during a difficult time.

The 38-year-old actress visited Michelle Williams on the 10-year anniversary of Heath Ledger‘s death on Monday (January 22). On her Instagram Story, Busy revealed that she was heading out of town, and posted a few photos of her flying out of town.

Later, Busy posted a photo of her with Michelle. Michelle and Heath were once engaged, and had a daughter together named Matilda, who is now 12.

Heath tragically died back in 2008 in his New York City apartment.

Our thoughts are with Heath‘s loved ones during this time.

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Busy Philipps Tears Up While Remembering Heath Ledger

Busy Philipps is opening up about Heath Ledger on the 10th anniversary of his passing.

The 38-year-old actress was close with Heath while he was engaged to her best friend Michelle Williams.

Busy took to her Instagram story to talk about Heath and how MGMT‘s song “Time to Pretend” reminds her of him.

“I was just driving and I was thinking about my friends Heath who died 10 years ago and this song came on, ‘Time to Pretend,’” she said in the video.

She continued, “It came out after he passed away and I remember when it came out, because [I thought] it made me think of him. I just thought he would have liked this song. And for some reason, every time I hear this song…it’s weird.”

Head to her Instagram to hear all that she had to say.

Our thoughts are with Heath‘s friends and family on this difficult day.