Baz Lurhmanm regrets "Harry Potter" snub

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An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway (Tobey MaGuire) is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). Soon enough, however, Carraway sees through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await. Also starring Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher & Joel Edgerton.
May 17th, 2013

Baz Lurhmann regrets turning down 'Harry Potter'.

'The Great Gatsby' director admits he snubbed the offer to direct the first big screen adaptation of J.K. Rowling's best-selling wizarding adventures, 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone', because he had never heard of the books at the time, a decision which has haunted him ever since.

Speaking on tonight's episode (17.05.13) of 'The Graham Norton Show', Lurhmann said: ''The first one came along and they rang me, and while I love the pictures and the books now, then I thought, 'What's that?'

''And said, 'Well that sounds interesting, but I'm thinking of doing a reinvention of the modern musical', and that was 'Moulin Rouge'.

''So I'm an obvious idiot, because I should have taken 'Harry Potter'.''

The fantasy flick was subsequently entrusted to Chris Columbus, and grossed a massive $974 million at the worldwide box office.

Luhrmann - who was ironically joined by 'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe on the BBC One chat show sofa - also spoke about his new decadent drama, 'The Great Gatsby', and how crucial Leonardo's involvement was in making the movie.

He said: ''For that role you need to be a movie star and a great, great actor and he is both.

''People can say what they like about the movie, but no-one is questioning his performance. He is at the height of his powers.''

'The Great Gatsby' has been met with mixed reviews, but its visually stunning party scenes have been highly praised and even recreated. Warner Bros. threw a party fitting of titular character Jay Gatsby following the film's premiere at Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday (15.05.13).

Meanwhile, in the UK, London hotspot Libertine hosts a 'Gatsby'-themed party on May 23.