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A-listers including Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio said 'no' to 'Brokeback Mountain'

No A-list actors, including Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, wanted to saddle up for the lead roles in Brokeback Mountain, according to Gus Van Sant. Brokeback Mountain producer and screenwriter Diana Ossana confirmed in an email to IndieWire that those actors had passed on the film, saying, “Yes, all those young gentlemen (at the time) turned down the project, for various reasons.”