Collected via email, Quaid’s remarks are part of Out magazine’s tenth anniversary oral history look at Brokeback Mountain, the movie many feel should have won the 2005 Oscar for Best Picture. Although the magazine’s September 2015 issue doesn’t come out until Aug. 18, the article has been given a long lead online.
Here’s a RQ taste:
Randy Quaid (Joe Aguirre): I read the story in The New Yorker on a treadmill in a gym in Houston. I thought it would make a great movie and even inquired about obtaining the rights, but they were already taken. The short story struck me as having more humor than the film, but perhaps that was due to the novelty of reading about two gay cowpunchers falling desperately in love with each other, leaving the sheep to fend for themselves.
The others who spoke to Out editor in chief Aaron Hicklin for the feature: director Ang Lee; writers Annie Proulx, Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry; actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway.