“That line [’I wish I knew how to quit you.’] has moved, it has been mocked, it has been everything in between, but I remember coming out of that scene, off that ridge of the hill, and seeing a number of the crew, some of whom didn’t even know what the movie was about, crying. When I first read that line, I was like, ‘What is that?’ Now I realize that anybody who has loved knows what that feels like. The interesting part of casting us at such a young age was that we didn’t completely understand what we were involved in, and that’s the beauty of the movie as well.” —Jake Gyllenhaal
It was one of those things that it’s easy to make fun of. One of the things I remember about Heath is, like everyone kept approaching us at the time to make a joke and like go on a show and do some character… Like, I remember even that year at the Academy Awards, we were asked to do something where we were joking about it and he was like, ‘I’m not joking about it. It’s not funny to me.’ And at the time, I was like, 'What do you mean, man? Let’s make fun– it’s always fun to make fun of yourself’ and he was like 'No. I’m not making fun of it, it’s not funny to me.’ You know? 'This is important.’ At the time, I really didn’t recognize how important it was to not really make fun of it.
Jake Gyllenhaal on the Nerdist podcast about whether it surprised them that their characters being gay was such a big deal to everyone (no)