Hollywood stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger bonded long before starring in gay romance BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN - they were united in their jealousy of Ewan McGregor.

The actors auditioned for Moulin Rouge! together, but the two Americans lost out to the charms of the Scottish screen hunk.

Gyllenhaal says, "We'd auditioned for Moulin Rouge! together. It was actually me, Heath and Ewan McGregor at the very end.

"Neither Heath nor I got the part and it was out of jealousy against Ewan that we became friends."