Actor Jake Gyllenhaal said he was ‘honored’ to get the chance to work with Heath Ledger on ‘Brokeback Mountain.’

Gyllenhaal, 29, starred opposite the actor, who died in January 2008, in the hit movie as well as Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway, who he stars with in new flick ‘Love And Other Drugs.’

He admitted that the new movie is, in part, inspired by ‘Brokeback Mountain.’ Talking about the movie, he said to Britain’s Esquire magazine: “We struck gold with that film. “That movie continues to last, and a large part of that has to do with how extraordinary Heath Ledger was, and what an extraordinary force he was as an actor. “If he were still alive everybody would be clamouring to work with him. I just feel honored to have worked with him and to have called him a friend.”

He added: “This movie that Annie and I made was spawned from that. Love And Other Drugs is the child of Brokeback Mountain. It really is. That’s how it feels to me. I’m desperate to work with Michelle Williams again. That’s what I think is so incredible about having had the luck to have lasted in this business so far. It’s like Seth Rogen was in Donnie Darko. He had half a scene and now he’s this huge star. You know what I mean.”