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Leonardo DiCaprio Says He Almost Turned Down 'The Great Gatsby'

May 9, 2013, 5:59 am GMT

The 'Inception' actor explains on 'Good Morning America' why he was hesitant to take the lead role in the Baz Luhrmann-directed drama.



Leonardo DiCaprio admits in a new interview that he's not eager to lead "The Great Gatsby" when he was first offered the role. The "Django Unchained" actor explains on "Good Morning America" where his hesitance came from.

"I was reluctant," the Oscar-nominated actor opens up. "Because what's so powerful about this novel is everyone has their own interpretation of these characters." If it's not for director Baz Luhrmann who convinced him to accept the role, 38-year-old DiCaprio may have turned it down. "It's almost impossible to say 'no' to him," he says.

DiCaprio and Luhrmann have previously worked together on "Romeo and Juliet". Even after two projects, the director still wants the "Inception" actor for his possible next picture.

"To me, Gatsby is the American Hamlet," he gushes to The Hollywood Reporter in a separate interview. "What else could we possibly do as a follow-up? It's just a dream at this point."

"The Great Gatsby" will be released in theaters on May 10. It follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway, portrayed by Tobey MaGuire, as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City to chase his own American Dream.

He lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits.

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