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And I think to a certain extent we have gone through that ourselves recently. And it is this that makes the Gatsby story especially relevant today. BL : 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.
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But 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. In our thinking it became clear to us both, especially given the variety of artists we were working with, that this was no ordinary soundtrack and no ordinary music collaboration. 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. BL : Actually they speak to each other.
Like musical instruments they have to work in concert. But there is no doubt that popular music played such a fundamental part in the art of Fitzgerald. So music and popular culture had to play a part in the telling of this story. For example, Fitzgerald was a lover of all things modern, of cinema. And that is why I wanted to take the leap into 3D.
Much like the theatre. And it occurred to me that our real special affect could be seeing a group of some of the finest actors of this generation go at each other in intensely dramatic scenes in the 3D idiom. Now, in 3D, when you take music, you also almost have to think about it in 3D too, the layering of the music. There was a Jay Gatsby in ; there is a Jay Gatsby today. And we all know one.
BL : In the end, as Jay said when he first saw it, the book is very aspirational. The idea being that in America you can pursue a dream. Of course, Gatsby is meant to end tragically because he has such an absolute ideal in his mind, an absolute dream, and he will not let reality rewrite the script of that dream.
This makes him an inspirational character for us less-romantic types, but it also means he is headed for a tragic conclusion. As it turns out for Nick that journey is a creative one, and the first step in that creativity is writing a book about a guy he met once who everyone wrote off as a gangster but really was much more than that. I thought JAY Z, when he first saw the rough cut, put it very succinctly.