To mark Brokeback Mountain’s 10th anniversary, OUT magazine invited director Ang Lee, screenwriters Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry, and actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, and Randy Quaid to look back on the making of this seminal movie. You can read Anne’s quotes below, and rush to out.com for reading the full interview.
Anne Hathaway (Lureen Twist): I received the script for Brokeback Mountain with a note that said, “Please read for interest in the part of Alma.” And I read the script, and was, of course, blown away by it, but I remember thinking, Alma’s not my part–I’m Lureen. It’s not dissimilar to the feeling of meeting someone that will become very important to you on some soul level. It had that same magnetic pull that I feel for certain very important people. And like all of those wonderful feelings, it made me hot, it made me flush, it made my blood pound.
Hathaway: I was filming Princess Diaries 2, and I was working on Universal Lot [where] Ang was going to be meeting with people. So I was able to get a slot during my lunch break. We were shooting the coronation part of the movie, so I was dressed a ball gown, wearing this big hairpiece that was way over the top, but also worked for a rodeo queen, so it was fine. I just put on my jeans and a plaid flannel shirt, and drove across the lot in a golf cart with my big princess hair. I remember being very, very calm, which is unusual for me under any circumstances, especially at 21. I just felt so centered and focused, and in way like a predator: I knew what I wanted.
Deadline this past week brought back a report for a project Anne has signed back in 2013, “The Lifeboat,” an adaptation of the novel by Charlotte Rogan, that tells the story of newlywed Grace Winter, who stands trial for murder in 1914, after surviving the sinking of the transatlantic ship Empress.
Here’s the book synopsis:
Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life.
In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying Grace and her husband Henry across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize has exceeded capacity. For any to live, some must die.
As the castaways battle the elements and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met, and the new life of privilege she thought she’d found. Will she pay any price to keep it?
THE LIFEBOAT is a page-turning novel of hard choices and survival, narrated by a woman as unforgettable and complex as the events she describes.
Hathaway is also producing alongside Working Title, Film 360 and Focus Features, which acquired the rights to and are developing Rogan’s book.
Warner Bros. Pictures has just released the trailer for their upcoming comedy, The Intern, starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro.
Written and directed by the Oscar nominated Nancy Meyers, The Intern stars De Niro as Ben Whittaker, a 70-year-old widower who has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.