BAZ LUHRMANN’S GREAT GATSBY: ‘BETTER THAN THE BOOK’
SYDNEY – The long awaited adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s superb novel The Great Gatsby is to be released in 2013, and stars Leonardo di Caprio as the eponymous Gatsby, Spiderman as Nick Carraway and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. But Baz Luhrmann has had a sneak preview and has announced to the world that it is “Better than the book.”
“We are all great fans of the book…” said the Moulin Rouge and Australia creator, “…But the film is much better. I mean, what is a book after all, it’s like words and then there are punctuation marks and then someone has written ‘irony?’ in the margin. Whereas my film has music and like babes, and Leo. I mean, Leo.”
Luhrmann had made similar claims when promoting Romeo + Juliet; stating Shakespeare was a bald creep who knew nothing about the three act structure: “He uses five acts!” Criticisms he later used on an early uncredited draft of Anonymous.
Luhrmann, speaking today, said:
It’s an evolution really. First you have cave paintings and then you have plays, poetry, books and then pop up books. Then films, and then 3D films which are to films what pop up books are to films. The Great Gatsby was all right as a book, but this is going to be great. Just like I did with Romeo+Juliet and just as I did with Australia, which was tit high better than the continent.