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Brokeback Won't Go Bareback

By Garth Franklin Sunday June 6th 2004 09:10PM

Seems conservatism is continuing to creep back into filmmaking fields again even in this day and age when breasts are finally making a slight comeback in cinema (albeit marginalised to crappy teen comedies).

Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain", the Heath Ledger & Jake Gyllenhaal led story of cowboys in love has begun shooting in the mid-West and around Alberta in Canada, but it's apparently going to be far less 'raunchy' than some expected.

The book on which it's based depicts some very graphic sex scenes between the two men, not so in the film which will have a more restrained style to it much like Lee's earlier work in "The Wedding Banquet" and "Sense and Sensibility".

Producer James Schamus told <a href="http://www.calgarysun.com/perl-bin/niveau2.cgi?s=films&p=84859.html&a=1" target="_blank">The Calgary Sun</a> that Brokeback&rsquo;s sexual content will be &ldquo;modest and appropriate for audiences who love great movies and romance &hellip; There won&rsquo;t even be any (explicit scenes) to show up on the DVD. For us, the references are the great, great screen romances. Ang is fascinated with those moments in life where you&rsquo;re touched by greatness and emotion but social rules and regulations keep you from following it&quot;

This fits with comments made by star Jake Gyllenhaal recently to <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5033274" target="_blank">MSNBC</a> in what has to be the oddest quote of the year - &quot;Ang said two men herding sheep was far more sexual than two men having sex on screen&quot;. 

Despite the downplaying, a script review has turned up online and reveals that content wise they had planned a quick several second assf**king scene

and a quick kiss between the leads - that's it (whether even that's still in there is unsure). Those wanting more action will probably have to settle with the undoubted porn clone rip-off that'll result if the movie hits - "Bareback Mountain".

Thanks to 'Jediyuth'.

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