Baz Luhrmann

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"The Great Gatsby" director Baz Luhrmann explains the challenges in adapting F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel, and recounts meeting the author's granddaughter. (5:40)

( 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

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