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Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming 3D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famed novel “The Great Gatsby” has had a long and strange journey to the big screen. From the notoriously picky filmmaker’s early doubts about the project and the lengthy casting search, to the film’s eleventh-hour release date change and the controversy surrounding its Jay-Z produced hip-hop soundtrack, it’s hard to believe that “The Great Gatsby” has finally made it into theatres.
Perhaps more is the unlikely location where the Aussie filmmaker was first inspired to make a movie out of one of the great American novels. After finishing production on “Moulin Rouge,” Lurhmann decided to go on one of his trademark post-project “debriefings” – a train ride across Russia on the legendary Trans-Siberian Express. Far from the romantic experience he’d been hoping for, the Luhrmann found himself in cramped quarters with only some wine and an iPod full of audio books to pass the time. One of those books was “The Great Gatsby.”
“It was like some sort of tin box,” Luhrmann told Yahoo! Movies Canada, jokingly comparing the trip to one of Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s famously bleak novels -- about the furthest thing from the glitz and glamour depicted in “Gatsby.”
“I poured the wine, put it on, and about six hours later I got up and just said ‘My god!’ That night I finished it and I had this fantastic sense of loss. That was when I went ‘I’m going to make a movie out of this.’”
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Luhrmann said he’d seen the 1974 Robert Redford of version of “Gatsby” as a kid, but admitted that the film’s themes were mostly lost on him at the time.
“I remember, when I was probably seven years old,
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