New York, Jan 27 : Mel Gibson may have called Heath Ledger's death a "tragic loss," but the actor/director is said to have distanced himself from the late actor.
Private investigator Paul Barresi has revealed that Gibson had stated neglecting Ledger after the he ignored his advice about not to play a gay cowboy in 'Brokeback Mountain'.
According to Barresi, a "major Hollywood producer" told him that "Ledger asked Gibson whether he should take the role of Ennis Del Mar in Brokeback."
"Gibson strongly counselled against it. The role apparently ran counter to Gibson's morality. And he felt that it would ruin Heath's career.
"When Gibson parted ways with Heath, it broke his heart," Barresi added.
However, Ledger's role did win critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination, reports the New York Daily News.