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Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire have been real-life friends since childhood. This marks the first time they have appeared in a movie together since Don's Plum (2001).
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Leonardo DiCaprio wanted to play Jay Gatsby because he was drawn to "the idea of a man who came from absolutely nothing, who created himself solely from his own imagination. Gatsby's one of those iconic characters because he can be interpreted in so many ways: a hopeless romantic, a completely obsessed wacko or a dangerous gangster, clinging to wealth."
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Baz Luhrmann stated in an interview that the interior of Gatsby's Long Island mansion was based upon his old high school in Australia.
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A photograph of Zelda Fitzgerald, the flamboyant wife and muse of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, can be seen hanging on the wall in the background of the apartment Tom shares with Myrtle.
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According to Tom Breen, the owner of property "Breenhold" in the Blue Mountains where a lot of filming took place, there was a huge stuff-up on set by a "private weather guru" who was hired by Baz Luhrmann. Mr Breen claims that on a beautiful spring day, the crew purchased 100,000 litres of water from one of the dams to create the synthetic rain needed for the scene where a nervous Gatsby has Nick Carroway invite Daisy over for tea. It rained for the next 3 days.
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Both The Great Gatsby (2013) and The Great Gatsby (1974) won Academy Awards for Best Costume Design.
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The phrase "Ad Finem Fidelis" can be seen on one of the gates at Gatsby's mansion. This is Latin for "Faithful to the end."
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The Great Gatsby would have been ready for theaters upon its original release date of December 2012. However, after a meeting with Warner Brothers President Jeff Robinov, the date was pushed back. Robinov asked Baz Luhrmann "Will the movie be ready for Christmas?", and Luhrman said yes. Robinov then asked "Will the movie you WANT to make be ready for Christmas?" to which Luhrmann replied no. Robinov then gave him a few more months to work on the film in post production.
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Several lines of narrative are excerpts of other F. Scott Fitzgerald works, including My Lost City.
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The film takes place in 1922 and 1929.
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Carey Mulligan was at a fashion awards dinner when she got the call from Baz Luhrmann that she'd won the part of Daisy Buchanan. "I burst into tears in the middle of this room with Karl Lagerfeld and all these people standing next to me," she recalls. "They thought I was mental."
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In Gatsby's party in which Nick is invited, there is a scene where Nick tries to take a glass of wine from a waiter's tray only for the glass to be taken first by someone else. This seems to be a nod to a similar scene in Spider-Man 2 (2004) in which Tobey Maguire repeatedly fails to pick up a glass of wine from the trays of waiters, always having someone else pick them up first.
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When Klipspringer falls asleep on the organ, a pair of tennis shoes can be seen on top of the organ. Towards the end of the novel (not shown in the movie), he makes a call to Nick asking if anyone had seen his tennis shoes that he had left in the mansion.
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Shortly before and after its 2013 release, this film inspired many celebrities to host Gatsby-themed costume parties. Ironically, the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald was critical of such self-indulgent galas for the rich and privileged. Nevertheless, Prince Harry attended a Gatsby-themed birthday party that cost $25,000 to throw. Likewise, Paul McCartney threw his own expensive Gatsby-themed birthday gala. This Gatsby craze peaked shortly before the film's premiere. In London, newspapers advised socialites about which of the many Gatsby parties they should attend. In America, CNN offered a guide for affluent parents on hosting Gatsby-themed bashes for their children. This prompted Zachary Seward of The Atlantic to quip that it was "like throwing a Lolita-themed children's birthday party."
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Production was delayed when the director Baz Luhrmann was hit in the head by a moving camera crane, having to then receive three stitches.
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The phrase "old sport" is said 55 times during the movie; all but four of those times are delivered by Leonardo DiCaprio (including two instances repeated in flashbacks near the end of the film). Of the four not said by DiCaprio, two are delivered by Joel Edgerton, one by Steve Bisley and one by Callan McAuliffe.
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Amitabh Bachchan's first appearance in a Hollywood film.
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Genuine Duesenberg automobiles are far too rare and valuable to be used in driving action scenes. (A Duesenberg Model SJ Convertible Coupe sold at auction for over $4.5 million in March 2013.) Two Duesenberg Model J replicas were painted yellow and modified to match each other for filming.
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The billboard for Doctor T.J. Eckleburg in the Valley of Ashes is very similar in appearance to the first edition cover of the 1925 novel painted by artist Francis Cugat. After a career as a cover designer in New York City, Cugat moved to Hollywood in the mid-1920s and became a designer for actor Douglas Fairbanks.
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Ben Affleck was considered for the role of Tom Buchanan, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. After Affleck dropped out, Bradley Cooper and Luke Evans were considered and Joel Edgerton was eventually cast.
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In the framing scenes (not in the book), Nick Carraway is shown as a patient at "Perkins Sanitarium." Maxwell Perkins was F. Scott Fitzgerald's book editor on "The Great Gatsby."
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Carey Mulligan has since revealed that she's not a fan of her own performance in this film, believing that the huge scale of the project overwhelmed her at the time, and after completing it decided to focus on smaller films that would be more likely to have smaller and more tightly knit casts and crews.
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The exterior of Gatsby's Long Island abode was based upon Beacon Towers, a mansion built by Alva Vanderbilt and later owned by Millicent Hearst, the estranged wife of William Randolph Hearst. When writing the novel, Fitzgerald based his conception of Gatsby's palace on Beacon Towers which was located in Sands Point, New York, the novel's equivalent of "West Egg." Beacon Towers was torn down in 1945.
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This is the second "The Great Gatsby" film to have perfect a win at the Oscars (2 nominations, 2 wins), both in technical fields.
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There are several references to Arrow Collars. Arrow brand detachable shirt collars were common menswear accessories in the early 1920s, and the Arrow Collar Man was featured in a very successful and popular ad campaign.
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In the 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the gangster Meyer Wolfsheim wore cuff-links made from human molars. The character of Wolfsheim was based upon real-life gambler and bootlegger Arnold Rothstein who became a millionaire by the age of thirty. He was murdered in 1928.
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Arrived in theaters under the title "North Shore Romance".
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The 18th biggest grossing film of 2013.
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Leonardo DiCaprio is the fourth actor to portray the character of Jay Gatsby in a major motion picture released in cinemas. Warner Baxter portrayed the character in The Great Gatsby (1926), Alan Ladd in The Great Gatsby (1949), and Robert Redford in The Great Gatsby (1974).
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(May 15 2013) When this fourth Gatsby feature installment opened the 66th Cannes Film Festival, actors Robert Redford and Bruce Dern were appearing in separate scheduled films, respectively: All Is Lost (2013) (non-competitive) and Nebraska (2013). The two men had co-starred just once before, in The Great Gatsby (1974).
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Tom mentions Kapi'olani and Punchbowl in a pivotal scene with Daisy. Kapi'olani Park is on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, between the Waikiki and Diamond Head neighborhoods. Punchbowl Crater is about a 6 mile drive to the northwest.
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Both Leonardo DiCaprio (Jay Gatsby) and Joel Edgerton (Tom Buchanan) were born in 1974, the same year that The Great Gatsby (1974) was released.
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The yacht belonging to Dan Cody is the triple-headed 60' Ketch "Hurrica-V", designed by Charles E. Nicholson, and built in Sydney by W.M. Ford, and launched in 1924.
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At one point of the movie, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) jokes about the remote possibility of marriage between white and black people. Edgerton later portrayed Richard Loving in Loving (2016), a film about the landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court which struck down all state laws banning interracial marriage.
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The only non-Best Picture Oscar nominee that year to be nominated for Best Production Design. Nevertheless it won the award.
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Original release date was December 2012, which was then moved back to July 2013, and then finally rescheduled for May 2013.
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Circa 2010, Martin Scorsese purportedly evinced interest in directing a period-authentic film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. However, when Baz Luhrmann pursued the project, Scorsese instead shifted his attention to making The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). Somehow, Scorsese's plans for a Gatsby film were parodied/referenced in Season 5 of the HBO television series, Entourage (2004-2011), in which the character Vincent Chase was cast to play Nick Carraway.
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Jack Thompson and Joel Edgerton both appeared in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) playing Cleeg and Owen Lars (father and son) respectively.
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Joel Edgerton (Tom Buchanan) and Jason Clarke (George Wilson) had previously met in director Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty (2012), but they shared very little screen-time together, just one scene in a hangar with stealth helicopters.
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Hayley Atwell was rumored for the role of Jordan Baker.
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Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan worked together four years prior in Brothers (2009).
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A klipspringer is a kind of antelope.
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Director Cameo 

Baz Luhrmann: The waiter that brings Nick to Jordan's table to meet for tea after his lunch with Gatsby.
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