Top Stories

7 Famous Actors Turned Down Roles in 'Brokeback Mountain' Before Heath Ledger & Jake Gyllenhaal Landed the Leads

7 Famous Actors Turned Down Roles in 'Brokeback Mountain' Before Heath Ledger & Jake Gyllenhaal Landed the Leads

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 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…

Just Jared on Facebook

JJ Links Around The Web

Photo of Private:  JJ Links Around The Web
Getty Images
  • Thomas Doherty is sporting a new look - Just Jared Jr
  • This Disney Channel show is getting the movie musical treatment - Just Jared Jr
  • Watch the trailer for Maddie Ziegler & Jenna Ortega's new movie - Just Jared Jr
  • JoJo Siwa is marking a very big day - Just Jared Jr