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Monday 21 October 2019

DiCaprio: We're true to Gatsby book

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in The Great Gatsby
Leonardo DiCaprio stars in The Great Gatsby

Leonardo DiCaprio has revealed The Great Gatsby film has tried to be faithful to the book.

The three-time Oscar nominee, who plays mysterious multi-millionaire Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann's big-screen interpretation of F Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, is more than aware of the expectation surrounding the new movie.

"I can't tell you how many people have come up to me and said it's their favourite book of all time. Every time you make a movie you have to be very specific and people may disagree with what you're doing," he said.

"We were always honest with one another and made this contract that no matter what we did cinematically, we were going to try and remain as true as we could to the novel. When it came to Fitzgerald and this novel, we wanted to emulate everything that Fitzgerald was trying to say about that time period, and about these multi-faceted, incredibly interesting, almost existential characters and that's what we did."

Leo credits co-star Tobey Maguire and film-maker Baz, both of whom he's known for more than 20 years, as trusted collaborators.

"Baz is a very risky film-maker. He doesn't take on simple stories and I admire that in him," said the 38-year-old.

"As much as Baz creates these fantastic worlds filled with imagery and modern connectivity, as far as connecting with a younger audience, he's very meticulous about remaining true to the essence of what makes these stories great. He did that with Romeo + Juliet.

"When it came to the Bard we were meticulous about it," he added.

:: The Great Gatsby is in cinemas now.

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