In an attempt to alleviate some of the pressure off Ledger and perhaps lighten the mood a bit, Matt Damon steps in with one last story.
"That's a beautiful script, I read it years ago," Damon says. "In fact, I was gonna do it. Gus Van Sant read it and wanted to do it after 'Good Will Hunting.' I read it and loved it. But, I was going off to do 'The Talented Mr. Ripley' and then 'All the Pretty Horses.' So I said, 'Gus, I'm going to do a movie about, quite frankly, a guy who's gay, and then I'm going to do a movie about a cowboy. I shouldn't then just do a gay cowboy movie." [Laughs.]
According to "The Brothers Grimm" star Matt Damon, actors are instilled with an intense desire to get Gilliam's visions onscreen: "I would have done anything — moved heaven and earth — to make sure that Terry was happy."
"We wanted it to just be perfect, for him," agreed co-star Heath Ledger.