Gus Van Sant, who was approached to direct the film that was ultimately helmed by Ang Lee, recalled the lack of interest from actors in portraying the roles that earned Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger widespread acclaim and accolades.
“Nobody wanted to do it,” Van Sant said. “I was working on it, and I felt like we needed a really strong cast, like a famous cast. That wasn’t working out. I asked the usual suspects: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ryan Phillippe. They all said no.”
Welp, we all missed out on watching our wet dreams come to life.
A lot of free time has been spent in my brain mashing these two men together like a kid playing with action figures and little did I know that it actually almost happened back in 2005.
Nothing wrong with Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger. Two great actors who I’m sure were very comfortable spending time inside of each other in that movie but they’re not Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. No one is, you know, expect them.
Brokeback Mountain came out in 2005 so Brad Pitt was probably too busy filming Troy or Ocean’s 11. Two peak hot Brad Pitt roles. I wouldn’t trade those for anything. He was also a few months away from cheating on his wife with his next wife who he would later cheat on and maybe probably beat her kids (allegedly??).
Leonardo DiCaprio was most likely filming The Aviator, a movie that’s fine or whatever but if I’m being honest, there are not nearly enough scenes of him banging Brad Pitt in that movie. I mean, I haven’t seen The Aviator in about a decade but I’m remembering that correctly, right? He doesn’t hump Brad in that movie? Yea, no thanks.
Get your shit together Van Sant. You need to make this happen.
Fortunately, we will finally be getting the Brad Pitt Leonardo DiCaprio movie we’ve waited our whole lives for in 2019 when they star in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood directed by Quentin Tarantino. Fingers crossed it’s a shot for shot remake of Brokeback Mountain.
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