'The Great Gatsby' Premiere: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan Walk Red Carpet [Slideshow]
The Great Gatsby New York City premiere had a star studded red carpet sponsored in part by iconic New York jeweler Tiffany & Co., making it quite the lavish affair at Lincoln Center. The film's major stars, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Macguire, were all in attendance.
While walking the red carpet, DiCaprio took the time to answer questions about the novel he helped to adapt to the big screen, and the plight of his character, Jay Gatsby. “This novel took on a whole new meaning for me when I became an adult. I really connected and was fascinated by the loneliness and isolation of this man that is a part of this new America that is emerging as this superpower,” he told Entertainment Weekly. "He is holding on to this mirage, this green light, that is Daisy, and desperately trying to fill avoid what is within him, but he’s not in reality. The ship has sailed, so to speak.”
Mulligan, who plays opposite DiCaprio as Daisy in the film, had nothing but words of praise for her oscar-nominated costar. “Leo made it so easy. I was really daunted. I’ve been a fan of his. I’ve looked up to him since I was a kid. It was a big deal,” said Mulligan. “He was so kind, warm and generous and sweet and really kind of involving.
In the novel, and in past films, the narrator Nick Carraway is typically on the sidelines of the major action in the plot. Macguire, who plays the character, revealed on the red carpet that part of their goal in making this adaptation was to give more insight into Nick's reaction to everything going on around him. “In the book, Nick is observing a lot of the action," he said. "But we did find a way to show the audience how the action affects Nick, and I think that was one of the keys to our strategy to making the film.”
The Great Gatsby is scheduled to hit theaters on May 10.