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Friday 26 December 2014

Weather wasn't great for Gatsby

Baz Luhrmann has revealed how bad weather held up filming of The Great Gatsby
Baz Luhrmann has revealed how bad weather held up filming of The Great Gatsby

Baz Luhrmann has revealed how the weather played havoc with the filming of The Great Gatsby.

The Australian filmmaker, who directed the new big-screen adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's book starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, admitted how heavy rains put a stop to the shooting.

He told Life And Times: "With everything I make, I set out with a very clear plan. We pursue that plan. But of course there will be deus ex machina, acts of God, and in this case it was the weather.

"As we were shooting, Sydney was being drenched day in and day out by La Nina, some of the wettest weather on record, and so we had to shut down shooting and then resume shooting the following year."

Baz - the mastermind behind Australia, Moulin Rouge! and Romeo And Juliet - revealed the unexpected delay gave him more time to collaborate with rapper Jay-Z on the film's score.

"This had a silver lining. I had just begun to connect with Jay-Z, and both of us connected over the idea of doing what Fitzgerald did - using popular music, the music of the streets, a blend, jazz, hip-hop and popular music throughout the film," he said.

"The extra time allowed us to spend more time together, to include some more of Jay's great collaborators. All of this also made the project a greater joy, as I was able to go further in the collaboration as we had more time."

Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton also star in The Great Gatsby, which will open the 66th Cannes Film Festival in May before opening in the UK on May 17.

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