'Moulin Rouge!' director Baz Luhrmann discusses his new movie 'The Great Gatsby' in an interview and talks about how his ideas come to life, why he chose Leonardo DiCaprio for the role of the title character, why the 20s still speaks to people today and his relationship with his producer wife.
'I start with. not 'what do I want to make?' but 'what do I need to make?'', he explains. 'Sometimes I just want to make something really simple, quick, fast and fun but then I'm on a train in Siberia and I re-listen to Gatsby on a recorded book. then I get stuck with this crazy idea and I can't let it go.' He subsequently describes Leonardo as 'one of the greatest actors of all time' and in reference to why there's been a resurgence of 20s fashion, he says, 'It's the beginning of everything we are today. The dresses that they're wearing in the movie are totally fashionable now, we are still in the modern era that's why that book speaks to us now.' He says that he and his wife and collaborator Catherine Martin are 'exactly the same' which is why they get on together so well professionally.
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