When Baz Luhrmann first directed Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet in 1996, he was a young actor on the verge of superstardom. Fast-forward 17 years, and DiCaprio is back working with Luhrmann as the titular role in Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel, The Great Gatsby. But this time, Leo’s different, the director told us at a screening of The Great Gatsby at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. “I’ve been thinking about it a lot,” Luhrmann reflected. “He really was this gifted young man, but now he’s at a point where he’s one of the finest players in the world.” And DiCaprio’s star power goes beyond the screen. “He’s a collaborator,” Luhrmann continued. “He helped me get this green lit. You have no idea how hard it is for a studio to give you a reasonable chunk of money. It’s not easy for anybody; it hardly ever happens. We got it together and made it happen.” Now that’s the power of Leo! Click here to see where The Great Gatsby is playing near you.
Plus, see Leo’s transformation from lassie to Gatsby!