EW Staff
January 17, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

”It’s a love story,” attests Jake Gyllenhaal of Brokeback Mountain, an Ang Lee drama from an Annie Proulx short story that casts him and Heath Ledger as 1960s cowboys in love. ”We’ve all gotten used to the same old love story over and over again in movies. And Ang was tired of that. This is the only way to get to the heart of what love’s really about — to do it in a different way. We use lines like ‘Love has no bounds,’ but that’s become bulls—. For me, this is a story where that might actually be true. Hopefully,” says Gyllenhaal, who’ll also star alongside Jamie Foxx as a Gulf War I marine in Sam Mendes’ take on Anthony Swofford’s Jarhead, ”it will stir people up. If Kinsey can do it, then I think this movie probably will too.”

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Another eagerly awaited fall adaptation is the melancholy romance Shopgirl, starring a minor-key Steve Martin. ”I think the studio wants people to perceive it as a comedy, but I think that’s a bit cheating,” says Martin, who should know — he adapted the script from his own 2000 novella. ”There are definitely funny things in it,” he says, ”but I think at the end, people will cry. Well, nobody dies. It’s just an emotional story.”

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