Josh Hartnett, the actor who starred in The Faculty and Penny Dreadful, has shared that he almost took on one of the iconic roles in the Oscar-winning film The Brokeback Mountain.
In a recent interview, Hartnett revealed that he “was going to do Brokeback Mountain,” but he backed out because he “had a contract with Black Dahlia that I had to film, so I had to drop out of it.“
If he was the star, it would’ve been “a different film altogether, it was me and Joaquin Phoenix. But they went on to do it with Heath [Ledger] and Jake [Gyllenhaal].”
Even though it didn’t end up going in that direction, Hartnett joked that “I’ve always wanted to kiss Joaquin, so that’s my biggest regret.”
Other actors considered for the roles of Jack and Ennis include Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Ryan Phillippe.
Despite all that, we can’t imagine Brokeback Mountain any other way.