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'The Great Gatsby' has one major difference from book, says Luhrmann

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Baz Luhrmann has discussed the difficulties of adapting The Great Gatsby.

The director's long-delayed adaptation of F Scott's Fitzgerald's novel stars Leonardo DiCaprio as mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby, and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, a friend of Gatsby's and the novel's narrator.

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Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Great Gatsby'



"We know for a fact that if you read the whole book or perform it that it takes seven hours... so we had to make choices and we chose to stay very focused on the linear plot of the book," Luhrmann told Life+Times.

He went on to discuss the difficulty of adapting Carraway's narrative perspective.

"One of the big devices in the book is that the story is told from inside the mind of Nick Carraway... [he is] a watcher of and a participator in the story. In fact, in the novel, Fitzgerald very deftly alludes to the fact that Nick is writing a book about Jay Gatsby.

"So Craig [Pearce] and I were looking for a way that we could show, rather than just have disembodied voiceover throughout the whole film, show Nick actually dealing with the writing, dealing with his experience of Gatsby, as he does in the novel.

"How we do really is the one big difference in the film. I won't say how. I will let the audience discover that for themselves."

Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton also star in The Great Gatsby, which will open this year's Cannes Film Festival.

It will then be released in the US on May 10 and the UK on May 16.

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