IN a recent interview with HuffPost Live, actor Jake Gyllenhaal reflected on the legacy of one of his best-known films almost a decade after its release.

Brokeback Mountain was released in 2005, and went on to become one of the most critically-acclaimed and most successful gay-themed films in history.

It starred Gyllenhaal alongside Australia’s Heath Ledger as the leading characters who were gay cowboy lovers.

The film garnered eight Academy Award nominations, including nominations for Ledger and Gyllenhaal’s acting, and won three, including best director for Ang Lee.

In the interview, Gyllenhaal spoke of why his acting career changed after the film’s release release.

“It’s a beautiful story and it was very successful in many different ways and so that’s what brought a lot of the attention,” he said.

“Culturally, it gave me the idea that movies can be important. That they do have some sort of political value… it’s become something beyond what any of us could have imagined.”

Watch the full interview below:

H/T: Huffington Post

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