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Thing of The Week: “Gatsby” makes splash at box office

Baz Luhrmann, director of “Romeo + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge,” delivers a stunning take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel “The Great Gatsby.”

Tobey Maguire (“Spider Man”) plays ex-bonds salesman Nick Carraway, who recalls when he lived in Long Island and how a man by the name of Jay Gatsby changed his life forever.

Craig Pearce, co-writer of the film and friends with Luhrmann, told “The Telegraph” back in 2001 that while Luhrmann was riding the Tran Siberian Express for a personal debrief, he brought with him two bottles of wine and two audio books, one of them being “The Great Gatsby.”

Soon after, Luhrmann secretly bought the rights to the film and asked Pearce to be apart of the project in 2009.

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After some persuasion by Luhrmann, Leonardo DiCaprio could not say no to his old pal, whom he met 17 years ago while filming “Romeo + Juliet.”

“Leonardo and I went to all the auditions together, and we knew within minutes of seeing Carey [Mulligan],” Luhrmann told Vulture.

“Gatsby” is one of the best multi-genre films to come out this year, and that’s why it is the thing of the week.

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