May 9, 2013 - Baz Luhrmann

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Carey Mulligan divulges a dark secret, Jennifer Egan discusses "The Great Gatsby" and its place in American letters, and Baz Luhrmann pays homage to F. Scott Fitzgerald.

>> STEPHEN COLBERT PRESENTS, THE

C-OH-LBERT BOOK CLUB.

TONIGHT'S SELECTION-- "GREAT

GATSBY" BY F. SCOTTS FITZGERALD.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU SO

MUCH.

WELCOME TO THE REPORT,

EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING

US.

THANK YOU.

PLEASE, EVERYBODY.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

FOLKS, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US

HERE FOR A HUGE NIGHT, UNPRESS

DEPARTMENTED ON THE THE "COLBERT

REPORT."

AS YOU KNOW, FOLKS, AS ANY WHO

WATCHES THIS SHOW KNOWS, I HAVE

A VAST AND GROWING MEDIA EMPIRE.

SO FAR, I HAVE THIS SHOW, THREE

BESTSELLING BOOKS, AND A VERY

ACTIVE--

( CHEERS )

PINTEREST PAGE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

I AM GOING TO HAVE THE MOST

BEAUTIFUL WEDDING EVER.

( LAUGHTER )

AND NOW THE C-OH-LBERT BOOK

CLUB.

REMEMBER THE FIRST RULE OF BOOK

CLUB-- DON'T READ "FIGHT CLUB."

NOW, TONIGHT IN STRICT ADHERENCE

TO BOOK CLUB GUIDELINES, I HAVE

BEEN DRINKING CHARDONNAY SINCE

1:00 P.M.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

AND OUR INAUGURAL BOOK IS "THE

GREAT GATSBY" BY F. SCOTT

FITZGERALD.

I CHOSE IT IN PART BECAUSE

THERE'S A NEW "GREAT GATSBY"

MANUFACTURE THE SAME WAY WHEN

THE MOVIE "LIFE OF PI" COME OUT,

I READ THE NUMBER PI TO THE

500th DECIMAL.

SPOILER ALERT?

>> SPOILER ALERT-- 2.

AFTER THAT IT GETS KIND OF

REPETITIVE.

BUT, FOLKS, IT'S NOST JUST

BECAUSE THERE'S A MOVIE COMING

OUT.

WE'RE ALSO READING "THE GREAT

GATSBY" BECAUSE IT'S BELIEVE TO

BE A CLASSIC OF AMERICAN

LITERATURE.

THE MODERN LIBRARY CALLS IT ONE

OF THE FIVE NOVELS OF ALM TIME

AND AMAZON REVIEWRL "THE JAKAL,"

GAVE IT THREE OUT OF FIVE STARS,

RATING: DECENT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

SHE'S GOOD.

A LOT OF JACKAL FANS HERE

TONIGHT.

( LAUGHTER )

NOW, TONIGHT TO EXPLORE THIS

BOOK, I WILL BE JOINED BY

PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING NOVELIST

JENNIFER EGAN.

AND TO DISCUSS HIS MOVIE, I'LL

BE TALKING TO DIRECTOR BAZ

LUHRMAN, WHO YOU MAY REMEMBER,

FOR HAVING WRITTEN WILLIAM

SHAKESPEARE'S "ROMEO AND

JULIETTE."

( APPLAUSE )

NOW, OF COURSE, SINCE I HAVE

KNOWN FOR THE PAST TWO WEEKS

THAT I WAS GOING TO BE STUSSING

THIS BOOK ON TELEVISION, I HAVE

BEEN PREPARING.

FIRST, BY READING IT.

( LAUGHTER )

, WHICH I REALLY ENJOYED AND

DEFINITELY DID DO.

( LAUGHTER )

BUT TO REALLY BONE UP ON ALL OF

THAT READING OF THIS BOOK THAT

DID, EARLIER TODAY, I COMPARED

NOTES WITH OSCAR-NOMINATED STAR

OF "AN EDUCATION," CAN THE

DRIVE, AND THE DRY, CAREY

MULLIGAN.

JIM.

>> HELLO?

( LAUGHTER )

>> Stephen: CAREY.

THANKS FOR STOPPING BY TO TALK

ABOUT THE BOOK.

>> MY PLEASURE.

( APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: I AM LOVING THIS

STORY.

>> SO MANY PEOPLE DON'T READ

ANYMORE SPHWHRI KNOW.

IT'S SAD.

NOW, LET'S TALK "GATSBY.

OF THE.

>> THE MOVIE IS VERY TRUE TO THE

BOOK AND THE HUMAN COMPLICATIONS

ARE JUST AS PAINFUL AND

PERCEPTIVE ON THE BIG SCREEN AS

ON THE PAGE.

AND I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT

TOBY AND NICK AND LEAH AS GATSBY

WHO IS JUST PERFECT.

>> Stephen: WHEN I READ

"GATSBY" I THOUGHT LEO POP WHOSE

IDEA WAS IT TO CAST HIM?

>> LEO.

>> Stephen: WHAT WOULD YOU

SAY ARE THE MAJOR PLOT POINT OF

THE MOVIE.

>> ALL THE ACTIONS AND SCENES

ARE THE SAME AS THEY ARE IN THE

BOOK, WHICH YOU'D KNOW IF YOU

READ IT.

>> Stephen: I JUST, YOU KNOW,

I JUST LOVE HOW HE'S CONSTANTLY

GATS BEING IN A REALLY GREAT

AWAY, YOU KNOW.

FOR ME, THE QUESTION VALLEY,

"GREAT GATSBY" OR THE

"GREATESTEST GATSBY."

I'M GOING TO GO THE GREATEST.

>> HAVE YOU READ THE BOOK?

>> Stephen: YES.

>> STEPHEN?

>> DISPL SOME OF THE IT.

>> HOW MUCH?

>> Stephen: NONE.

>> STEPHEN!

>> CAREY, I WORK HALF AN HOUR A

NIGHT FOUR NIGHT A WEEK.

HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO READ THIS

THING?

IT'S A MONSTER!

YOU HAVE TO HELP ME.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO JENNIFER

EGAN IS GOING TO BE HERE AND BE

ALL PULEITZER AND SMART TALKING

AND I-- YOU HAVE TO HELP ME.

JUST TELL ME THE PLOT OF THE

MOVIE.

YOU'RE IN IT.

YOU SHOULD KNOW.

>> I KNOW, I'M IN THE MOVIE.

STEPHEN, NATURALLY, I KNOW WHAT

HAPPENS.

>> Stephen: THANK GOD!

SO JUST PLEASE, JUST TELL ME

ENOUGH TO FAKE IT.

>> ALL RIGHT.

WELL, MY CHARACTER IS DAISY

BUCHANAN.

>> Stephen: DAISY, IS THAT

THE FLOWER?

IS THAT A METAPHOR.

>> SURE.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

>> SHE LIVES IN A BIG HOUSE WITH

HER HUSBAND, TOM.

>> Stephen: SLOW DOWN.

TOM.

>> BUT SHE IS IN LOVE WITH

GATSBY.

BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, HE THROWS

THESE BIG PARTIES, YOU KNOW, AND

IT'S SPECTACULAR AND IT'S 3D AND

IT'S SEX AND COSTUMES AND THE

DAISY SOUNDTRACK, IT'S BAZ

LUHRMAN, I MEAN.

COME ON.

>> Stephen: YEAH, I KNOW.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: AND THEN WHAT

HAPPENS?

UM, THEN, IT TURNS OUT THAT

GATSBY HAS A SECRET PAST.

>> Stephen: WOW!

AND WHAT IS THAT?

>> HE IS A, UM, A MOVIE STUNT

DRIVER WHO ALSO DRIVES GEFT AWAY GETAWAY

CARS AND HE GETS IN TROUBLE WITH

THESE REALLY BAD GUYS AND

HAMMERS A NAIL IN THIZ HEAD.

( LAUGHTER )

>> Stephen: CAREY?

>> UM.

>> Stephen: THAT'S THE PLOT

OF THE MOVIE "DRIVE"."

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE

TALKING ABOUT.

>> NO!

>> Stephen: CAREY?

>> STEPHEN, I ONLY GET MY PART

OF THE SCRIPT AND YOU SHOOT

MOVIES OUT OF ORDER.

I CAN NEVER FIGURE OUT THE PLOT.

YOU SHOOT THE SCENE AND THEN YOU

BREAK FOR LUNCH.

IS LUNCH IN THE MOVIE?

I'M TOO AFRAID TO ASK.

>> Stephen: WHY DON'T YOU

JUST LOOK AT THE SCRIPT?

>> I CAN'T READ.

>> Stephen: WHAT DOES THIS

SAY?

>> HAPPY... YOU.

>> Stephen: CAN'T READ.

YOU SEEM SO SMART.

HOW DO YOU LEARN YOUR LINES?

>> I DON'T.

THEY USE THE SAME TRICK AS IN

THE TALKING DOG MOVIES.

THEY PUT PEANUT BUTTER ON THE

ROOF OF MY MOUTH AND WHEN I TRY

TO LICK IT OFF, THEY USE ANOTHER

VOICE.

I WAS COUNTING ON YOU TOW TELL

ME ABOUT THE BOOK.

I JUST TOLD RYAN SEACREST, "THE

GREAT GATSBY" IS A GREAT, AND I

THINK BIRD.

>> Stephen: IS IT?

>> POSSIBLE.

HEY, IT'S A BUTTERFLY.

>> Stephen: MAYBE IT'S A

METAPHOR.

LET'S FOLLOW IT

♪ BUTTERFLY IN THE SKY

IT'S IN A BOOK

♪ A READING RAINBOW

♪ A READING RAINBOW

♪ A READING RAINBOW ♪ ♪

>> LERKS VAL, OF BURTON.

>> WELCOME TO A VERY SPECIAL

EDITION OF "A READING REIN BOW."

WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR A STORY

ABOUT THE DISLIEWGZ OF IDENTITY

AND UNFILLABLE VOID IN US ALL.

>> THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR.

>> NO, IT'S "THE GREAT GATSBY."

>> HUH?

>> THE BOOK YOU WERE JUST

TALKING ABOUT.

IT'S A SEARCHING INDICTMENT OF

SELF-DELUSION AND MATERIAL

EXCESS IN WHICH THE GREED OF THE

TIMES COMPLETELY CORRODES THE

VERY FABRIC OF THE AMERICAN

DREAM.

>> SHUT UP AND TELL US WHAT

HAPPENS.

>> CAREY, A BOOK ISN'T JUST GO

BWHAT HAPPENS.

IT'S ABOUT THE AUTHOR'S

IMAGINATION.

EVERY WORD SAY MAGIC CARPET

WAITING TO WHISK YOU OFF TO

ANOTHER TIME OR PLACE.

BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE MY

WORD FOR IT.

READ THE BOOK!

>>

>> Stephen: HE'S REET, CAREY,

THIS WHOLE TIME WE'VE RUNNING

AWAY FROM THE BOOK WHEN WE COULD

HAVE JUST SAT DOWN AND READ IT.

>> YOU'RE SO RIGHT, STEEN

PICOULDN'T HAVE SAID IT BETTER

MYSELF.

>> Stephen: THANKS, LAVAR.

>> I STILL CAN'T READ.

>> HERE, TRY MY READING GLASSES.

>> OH, MY GOD.

I CAN SEE.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

>> OKAY, YOU TWO, GET THE HELL

OUT OF MY RAINBOW.

♪ ♪ ♪

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WE'LL BE RIGHT

BACK WITH JENNIFER EGAN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: ...INTO THE PAST.

ALL RIGHT.

OKAY.

WELCOME, EVERYBODY.

NOW, I'M READY FOR THE

DISCUSSION, AND I HOPE ARE YOU,

TOO, BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO

DIVE IN DEEP, GOOD FOR THE REAL

EGGHEAD STUFF.

I WILL BE ANALYZINGS METAPHORS

AND SIMILES LIKE THEY WERE

CANDY.

LAUGH AND DISCUSSING

FORESHADOWING AS IF MY LIFE

DEPENDED ON IT.

( LAUGHTER )

WHICH IT MAY.

( LAUGHTER )

AND HERE TO HELP ME

SMAR-TIFICATE IS THE

PULEETSER-PRIZE WINNING

OCTOBEROR OF "A VISIT FROM THE

GOON SQUAD" JENNIFER EGAN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

WELCOME TO THE C-OH-LBERT BOOK

CLUB.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

>> Stephen: COULD I GET A

LITTLE CHARDONNAY?

>> WHY NOT.

>> Stephen: JENNIFER, WHY DO

YOU THINK "THE GREAT GATSBY"

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

THERE YOU GO.

WHY WOULD YOU SAY "THE GREAT

GATSBY" IS THE GREAT AMERICAN

NOVEL?

WHAT DO YOU SAY TO US?

>> I THINK IT CAPTURES SOMETHING

ABOUT THE AMERICAN PSYCHE THAT

MOST OF US WOULD RECOGNIZE,

WHICH IS A WILLINGNESS TO START

OVER, REINVENT OURSELVES,

IMAGINE A NEW LIFE, AND IN A

WAY, THAT DREAM IS A LOT OF WHAT

BUILT THIS COUNTRY.

>> Stephen: WHO WOULDN'T WANT

TO BE GATSBY, YOU KNOW?

>> EXACTLY.

>> Stephen: HE'S GOT IT ALL.

HE'S RICH.

HE'S FACE IN HIS OWN WAY.

HE'S GOT A HUGE HOUSE, AND

EVERYTHING WORKS OUT FOR HIM

UNTIL IT DOES NOT.

( LAUGHTER )

>> WELL, OF COURSE HE STARTS AS

SOMEONE ELSE AND HE CREATES ALL

OF THAT AS A WAY OF TRYING TO

THE LOVE OF A WOMAN HE COULD NOT

WIN WHEN HE WAS JUST A POOR

NOBODY.

THERE'S NO QUESTION IT DOESN'T

WORK POWER PLANT HE DOESN'T GET

THE GIRL AND HE GETS KILLED.

>> Stephen: WOULD IT HELP IF

HE HAD HAD A BIGGER HOUSE?

( LAUGHTER )

HERE'S WHAT I LIKED ABOUT HIM--

IS THAT HE REACHED FOR WHAT HE

WANTED.

AND DIDN'T LET ANYTHING GET IN

HIS WAY.

WHICH BRINGS ME TO THE GREEN

LIGHT.

WHAT-- WHAT IS THE YEAN LIGHT

THAT HE'S REACHING FOR?

>> WELL, THE GREEN LIGHT TO HIM

SYMBOLIZES DAISY BECAUSE IT'S

THE END OF HER PIER, AND HE HAS

BOUGHT A HOUSE DIRECTLY ACROSS

FROM THE PIER SO HE COULD LOOK

AT IT AND THINK ABOUT HER.

>> Stephen: IS THAT A

METAPHOR, ALLEGORY?

WHAT IS THAT?

STAY SYMBOL?

>> IT'S A VERY OVERT SYMBOL.

Q. OVERT SYMBOL.OF IS THERE.

>> IT'S A SYMBOL CALLED A SYMBOL

OF DAISY HERSELF.

THE INTERESTING THING IS WHEN HE

ACTUALLY FINALLY IS IN HER

PRESENCE AGAIN AND TELLS HER

HE'S BEEN WATCHING THE GREEN

LIGHT AND THINKING OF HER, NICK,

THE NARRATOR, PERCEIVED A LITTLE

DISAPPOINT INDEPENDENT IN GATSBY

BECAUSE SUDDENLY THE GREEN LIGHT

DOESN'T MOEB ANYTHING ANY MORE.

SHE'S RIGHT THERE AND FITZGERALD

WRITES HIS COUNT OF ENCHANTED

OBJECTS HAD DIMINISHED BY ONE.

IN A WAY, THE FANTASY ITSELF IS

THE THING.

>> Stephen: HE THREW PARTIES

TO IMPRESS HER, AND GOT RICH TO

IMPRESS HER AND GOT THE HOUSE TO

IMPRESS HER AND HE TELLS HER HIS

DREAM OF HER AND WHAT THE LIGHT

REPRESENTS AND THAT DOESN'T

REALLY IMPRESS HER.

AND LATER, SHE LEAVE HERSELF

HUSBAND FOR HIM, AND THEN SHE

HITS SOMEBODY WITH A CAR THAT

GATSBY, AND KILLS THE PERSON,

AND GATSBY COVERS FOR HER.

AND SHE STILL GOES BACK TO TOM

BUCHANAN, WHO IS A RACIST WHO

BEATS WOMEN.

COULDN'T YOU BOIL THIS BOOK DOWN

TO "BITCHES BE CRAZY"?

>>

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

SHE NOT NICE, EITHER.

SHE'S NOT NICE, EITHER.

>>UN, HE'S SHOOEZ NOT PERFECT

FOR SURE.

SHE'S LIMITED --

>> Stephen: SHE KILLS

SOMEONE.

>> BUT REMEMBER-- WELL, IT IS AN

ACCIDENT.

REMEMBER, THE FACT THAT DAYS

SECERTAINLY RICH AND MAYBE EVEN

A LITTLE SHALLOW IS WHAT DRAWS

GATSBY TO HER IN THE FIRST

PLACE.

>> Stephen: DO YOU THINK THAT

THIS BOOK IS WORTHY OF THE

ATTENTION IT GETS?

BECAUSE EVERY HIGH SCHOOL KID

HAS TO READ IT?

SHOULD WE BE FORCING THIS ON

CHILDREN?

( LAUGHTER )

>> YOU KNOW, IT HAS A LOT OF

QUALITIES THAT MAKE IT GREAT.

ONE OF THOSE QUALITIES I THINK

ALSO MAKES IT APPEALING AS A

HIGH SCHOOL BOOK IT IS SHORT.

>> YES.

I READ IT DURING THE COMMERCIAL

BREAK.

( LAUGHTER )

>> AND THE THING IS UPON IT'S

VERY COMPRESSED WHICH REALLY IS

THE JOB OF FICTION.

AND AS I SAID BEFORE I THINK HE

CAPTURES SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT

BEING AN AMERICAN IS-- THE

AMERICAN PSYCHE, IF YOULET,

WHICH HAS I THINK FROM THE VERY

BEGINNING HAS EVOLVED A

WILLINGNESS TO TURN ONE'S BACK

ON THE PAST AND TURN IT AROUND.

>> Stephen: IT'S THE

QUINTESSENTIAL AMERICAN THING TO

PRESENT YOURSELF TO THE WORLD AS

A FALSE IMAGE OF YOURSELF.

( LAUGHTER )

TO MAKE PEOPLE LIKE YOU BUT THEY

NEVER GET TO MEET THE REAL YOU.

I WISH I COULD DO THAT.

( LAUGHTER )

( APPLAUSE )

JENNIFER EGAN, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR JOINING ME.

A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD,

JENNIFER EGAN, WE'LL BE

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT DIRECT THE NEW

FILM ADAPTATION OF "THE GREAT

GATSBY" IN 3D.

IT'S LIKE YOUR HOMEWORK IS

COMING RIGHT AT YOU.

PLEASE WELCOME BAZ LUHRMAN.

BAZ THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

BAZ, PEOPLE KNOW YOU FROM "ROMEO

AND JULIETTE ITS REQUEST RULON

ROUGE.

WHAT TACKLE THE CAN THE GRAY?

YOU'RE AN AUSSIE, THIS IS THE

GREAT AMERICAN STORY.

>> PAYBACK, I GUESS FOR WHAT YOU

GUYS HAVE BEEN TAKING CLASSICS

AND DOING THEM IN HOLLYWOOD FOR

YEARS.

>> Stephen: EXACTLY.

WE MADE AN OPERA OUT OF

"CROCODILE DUNDEE."

PAYBACK TIME.

>> ACTUALLY, MY OWN PERSONAL

EXPERIENCE WAS I KNEW IT WHEN I I

WAS A CHILD.

>> Stephen: DO THEY TEACH IT

OVER THERE?

>> YES, THEY DO.

EXACTLY THE SAME AS HERE.

>> Stephen: DO THEY TRANSLATE

IT INTO AUSTRALIAN FOR YOU GUYS?

( LAUGHTER )

>> YES.

AFTER "RULON ROUGE" I WAS

TRAVELING ON THE SIBERIAN

EXPRESS, AND HAD TWO RECORDED

BOOK.

I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT THE OTHER

ONE WAS, BUT ONE WAS F. SCOTT

FITZGERALD, THE CAN THE GRAY.

I PUT IT ON --

>> Stephen: LET'S TALK ABOUT

THE OTHER BOOK FOR A WHILE.

>> NEXT BOOK CLUB.

PIT IT ON AND FIVE HOURS LATER I

WOKE UP AND I REALIZED--

( LAUGHTER )

>> Stephen: YOU FELL ASLEEP

DURING "THE GREAT GATSBY."

AND YOU SAID I DON'T KNOW WHAT

THE ( BLEEP ) HAS HAPPENED.

AND I GOT TO MAKE A MOVIE OF

THAT THING.

>> THIS REALLY NEEDS A MOVIE.

>> Stephen: WHY DO THIS NOW?

THIS BOOK CAME OUT SOMETHING

LIKE 90 YEARS AGO AND THERE HAVE

BEEN SIX MOVIES MADE OF IT.

THERE WAS A SILENT MOVIE MADE OF

THIS THING.

>> YES, INDEED.

>> Stephen: WHY MAKE IT AGAIN

NOW AND WHY 3D?

>> FIRST OF ALL, --

>> Stephen: PICK THOSE

QUESTIONS-- PICK THE ONE YOU

LIKE.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> Stephen: FIRST OF ALL, I

MEAN, IT IS AN INCREDIBLY MODERN

BOOK, AND IT IS USEFUL AT ANY

TIME AND ANY PLACE, AND I THINK

THERE SHOULD BE-- IT'S LIKE

"HAMLET."

EACH PERIOD AND EACH TIME NEEDS

ITS PRODUCTION OF HAMLET.

AND I THINK IN L.A. WHEN WE HAD

THE FINANCIAL CRASH, I REALLY

COMMITTED IN THAT MOMENT SAYING

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW.

I'VE GOT TO TRY TO FIND A WAY OF

SOLVING THE ESSENTIAL PROBLEMS

OF THE BOOK, AND THAT IS MOST OF

IT IS INTERNAL DIALOGUE INSIDE

NICK CAR WAY'S HEAD.

>> Stephen: I LOVED THE FILM

BIKER THE WAY.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: I FELL ASLEEP

DURING IT, AND WHEN I WOKE UP I

THOUGHT--

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: THANK YOU.

GO AHEAD, YES, YES.

>> LET ME ASK THIS QUESTION.

HINK WHEN NICK BEGINS THISIT

STORY HE GOES IN AND HE DIDN'T

KNOW WHO HE IS OR WHAT HE IS.

AND HE REALLY ENDS THE BOOK--

DOES HE WANT TO WRITE?

WHAT IS IT HIS LIFE JOURNEYING

IF TO BE?

WHAT'S HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH

PEOPLE.

HE STARTS ON HIS OWN TO FIND OUT

WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE WANTS AT

THE END OF BOOK.

>> Stephen: DO PEOPLE HAVE TO

HAVE READ THE BOOK TO ENJOY THE

MOVIE?

>> NO, THE FILM NEEDS TO STAND--

IN FACT, I'VE MET MANY PEOPLE

NOW WHO HAVE SEEN THE FILMAND

HAVE GONE TO READ THE BOOK.

LOOK, WHEN FITZGERALD GUYED, HE

WAS BUYING COPIES OF HIS OWN

BOOK.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE NO ONE

WAS READING IT, RIGHT?

>> JUST SO THERE WERE SOME

SAILS.

HE WAS THAT FORGOTTEN, AND THE

IDEA THAT LAST WEEK HE SOLD MORE

BOOKS IN ONE WEEK THAN HIS

ENTIRE LIFETIME, THAT ALONE I

THINK IS A POSITIVE OUTCOME OF

THE EXPERIENCE OF MAKING THE

FILM FOR ME

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: YOU'RE AN

ARTIST-- WHY DO YOU THINK--

YOU'RE AN ARTIST WHO WAS

ACCEPTED IN HIS LIFETIME.

I'M AN ARTIST SUSPECTED IN MY

LIFETIME.

ARE GREAT ARTISTS MORE SEND

AFTER THEY'RE DEAD?

>> YOU KNOW WHAT.

I WAS READING A CRITICISM OF CAN

THE "GREAT GATSBY" AND HE CALLED

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD A CLOWN, AND

OF THE BOOK HE SAID IT WAS

SOMETHING LIKE SHALLOW.

SOMETHING HAMMOND THE OTHER

NIGHT THAT TOOK ME BY COMPLETE

SURPRISE.

WE HAD A SCREENING AND A VERY

REGAL WOMAN CAME OUT OF THE

AUDIENCE I'VE NEVER MET AND TOOK

ME BY THE HAND AND SAID, "I'VE

COME ALL THE WAY FROM VERMONT

BECAUSE I WANTED TO SEE WHAT DID

YOU WITH MY GRANDFATHER'S BOOK."

OF COURSE I WENT COLD.

I HAD NEVER MET THIS PERFECT

PERSON.

SHE WAS WONDERFUL.

AND THEN SHE SAID, YOU KNOW, I

THINK HE WOULD BE VERY PROUD FOR

PEOPLE HAVE SAID FOR SO LONG HE

CAN'T TURN AN INTERNAL NARRATION

INTO A FILM.

IT WILL NET GET BETTER FOR ME

THAN THAT MOMENT.

THE IDEA THAT F. SCOTT

FITZGERALD DIED THINKING THAT

BOOK WAS NOT CARED FOR, THAT NO

ONE WANTED TO BUY TAND THAT IT

BECAME THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL,

AND THEY'RE HAVING GATSBY

PARTIES THIS WEEKEND, AND

OPENING HERE, 20 MILES FROM

WHERE HE WROTE IT.

IT'S ALL TOO MUCH OF A CIRCLE.

FOR ME, WITH ALL OF THE EFFORT

AND EVERYTHING THAT EVERYONE HAS

PUT INTO IT, IT'S ALREADY A

WORGT WHILE JOURNEY.

>> Stephen: WELL,

CONGRATULATIONS.

>> THANK YOU.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: BAZ

COMEDY CENTRAL

Captioned by

Media Access Group at WGBH

access.wgbh.org

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: WELL THAT'S IT

FOR THE REPORT, EVERYBODY.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING.

AND I WANT TO APOLOGIZE TO MRS.

CHANTON FOR NOT HAVING READ THIS

BOOK IN HIGH