It is widely believed that F. Scott Fitzgerald was inspired to write The Great Gatsby by his own tumultuous, passionate, and often toxic relationship with wife Zelda. While Baz Luhrmann wasn’t driven to bring the book to life on the big screen by his own personal turmoils, it was an interesting journey that brought him to the project. Growing up with Gatsby in the form of Robert Redford’s 1974 picture, Luhrmann always ached to know more about the character, a pursuit he took on during a long trainride in his later years. It was this revelatory journey that gave him the image of Gatsby as we saw it earlier this year.
Still, the director attributes a good deal of his Great Gatsby adaptation to stars Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio, whom he accredits with truly devoted performances. Watch Luhrmann discuss the film in the interview above, and catch Gatsby on Blu-ray and DVD now.