Baz Lurhmann - Baz Lurhmann regrets Harry Potter snub

Baz Lurhmann regrets turning down 'Harry Potter'.

'The Great Gatsby' director admits he snubbed the offer to direct the first big screen adaptation of J.K. Rowling's best-selling wizarding adventures, 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone', because he had never heard of the books at the time, a decision which has haunted him ever since.

Speaking on tonight's episode (17.05.13) of 'The Graham Norton Show', Lurhmann said: ''The first one came along and they rang me, and while I love the pictures and the books now, then I thought, 'What's that?'

''And said, 'Well that sounds interesting, but I'm thinking of doing a reinvention of the modern musical', and that was 'Moulin Rouge'.

''So I'm an obvious idiot, because I should have taken 'Harry Potter'.''

The fantasy flick was subsequently entrusted to Chris Columbus, and grossed a massive $974 million at the worldwide box office.

Luhrmann - who was ironically joined by 'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe on the BBC One chat show sofa - also spoke about his new decadent drama, 'The Great Gatsby', and how crucial Leonardo's involvement was in making the movie.

He said: ''For that role you need to be a movie star and a great, great actor and he is both.

''People can say what they like about the movie, but no-one is questioning his performance. He is at the height of his powers.''

'The Great Gatsby' has been met with mixed reviews, but its visually stunning party scenes have been highly praised and even recreated. Warner Bros. threw a party fitting of titular character Jay Gatsby following the film's premiere at Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday (15.05.13).

Meanwhile, in the UK, London hotspot Libertine hosts a 'Gatsby'-themed party on May 23.


Contactmusic

Tags: Daniel Radcliffe

Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

Queen and Adam Lambert Announce 2015 European Arena Tour

Queen and Adam Lambert will be hitting the road next year, playing a massive...

Queen and Adam Lambert Announce 2015 European Arena Tour

FKA Twigs Targeted By Racist Twitter Trolls After Being Linked To Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson’s rumoured girlfriend FKA twigs has hit back at the Twitter...

FKA Twigs Targeted By Racist Twitter Trolls After Being Linked To Robert Pattinson

Night Train To Lisbon - Trailer

When a Latin professor, Raimund Gregorius (Jeremy Irons), sees a young Portuguese woman in a red coat about to...

Night Train To Lisbon Trailer

Musicians, Celebrities And World Leaders Unite To Fight Poverty At Global Citizen Festival

So there’s SXSW for the hipsters, Coachella for the fashionable crowd...

Musicians, Celebrities And World Leaders Unite To Fight Poverty At Global Citizen Festival

"The Simpsons" Kill [Spoiler Alert], Get Viewers "Clown In The Dumps"

Before we get into this, here’s your spoiler warning: if you haven’t watched...

Newlyweds George Clooney And Amal Alamuddin Are Living The Dream In Italy

George Clooney and the London-based lawyer/writer/editor/activist...

Newlyweds George Clooney And Amal Alamuddin Are Living The Dream In Italy

Denzel Washington's "The Equalizer" Leaves Box Office Contenders In The Dust With $35 M Weekend

The Equalizer, a thriller starring Denzel Washington conquered the...

Denzel Washington's

Reach Me - Trailer

When reclusive former football coach, Teddy Raymond (Tom Berenger) releases a self-help book entitled 'Reach Me' it...

Reach Me Trailer

Wiz Khalifa Challenges Wife Amber Rose's Request For Full Custody Of Their Young Son

Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose's short-lived marriage seems to be heading for...

Wiz Khalifa Challenges Wife Amber Rose's Request For Full Custody Of Their Young Son
Advertisement

Comments

Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All