10 photos from the set of 'The Great Gatsby'
Jay Gatsby's ballroom flaunts marble columns, a curving staircase, and a gilded ceiling. "On the one hand it's a sad, lonely Gothic house, but it's also a house of great wealth and beauty," says production and costume designer Catherine Martin. "It had to encapsulate Gatsby's extraordinary ambitions and his optimistic, romantic soul."
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The large terrace features an ornate balustrade and scalloped awnings. The sets were so stunning they even impressed the veteran cast and crew. "There were scenes where we would be by Gatsby's pool and he's throwing a big party, and if you look behind the camera you'd see 20 or 30 crew members with their camera phones out," says Tobey Maguire, who plays Nick Carraway. "That never happens on film sets, but this was such a spectacle, something to behold."
A party scene from "The Great Gatsby"
At night, Gatsby's terrace is transformed to host wild and extravagant parties.
A coastal scene from "The Great Gatsby"
A dreamy scene mimics the coastal landscape of Long Island's North Shore, where the homes of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Tom and Daisy Buchanan (Joel Edgerton and Carey Mulligan) are located. "East Egg and West Egg were completely different," says Luhrmann. "East Egg was a community of the highborn, of the truly moneyed, of those who would inherit the earth, and it's being attacked by these West Eggers who are all these kind of riffraff, these new-moneyed folk who have suddenly got all this cash. And that clash between the two worlds is powerful and alive throughout the whole story."
The Buchanan house
Tom and Daisy Buchanan's house is a red brick mansion with manicured lawns and gardens. "The Buchanans were unbelievably wealthy," says Martin. "We needed to make Gatsby's wealth feel competitive, because in Gatsby's heart he has always believed that the reason he didn't get Daisy was because he was poor."
Light and airy sitting area
The interior of the Buchanan's house has flowy, white draperies, a bold, red-and-white area rug, and a light-catching chandelier.
Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby sit in a bar with rich Art Deco details — from the background arches to the ornate table lamp.
Luhrmann knew exactly whom he wanted to play the complex main character. "I'd been secretly working on it for some time, knowing all along who I'd like to play Jay Gatsby," he says. "Really it wasn't difficult to think of someone! Hmm, I don't know – complex, romantic, dark, glamorous, great actor…"
Myrtle Wilson (Isla Fisher), known for her sensuality and being in love with Tom Buchanan, is dressed in rosy, romantic hues. The color also appears in the wallpaper, flower arrangements, and sofa.
Tom Buchanan smokes a cigar in a regal dining room, with an oval table and rug, floral wall mural, and an Art Deco fireplace.