Bradley Cooper desperate for ‘The Great Gatsby’ role

March 16th, 2011 - 3:14 am ICT by IANS  

London, March 16 (IANS) Actor Bradley Cooper is eager to land a part in Baz Luhrmann’s big screen adaptation of “The Great Gatsby”, but fears that the Australian director has no idea who he is.

Cooper eying the role of millionaire Tom Buchanan in the author Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel as he feels that it is the book’s “best character”.

“To me, he’s (Buchanan) the best character in the book. He’s so complicated. He’s xenophobic, he’s an alcoholic, but he also understands some profound stuff about class. Whoever plays it has to take a gentle hand, because it could so easily be stock, where he’s a rich jerk you don’t identify with at all,” quoted him as saying.

“I don’t even know if I’m on Luhrmann’s radar. Maybe he’ll read this article after the role’s cast and say, ‘Oh. Ha. Yeah, that guy was never going to get it,’” he added.
Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio has been cast in the lead role of Jay Gatsby, and actress Carey Mulligan will play Daisy Buchanan.

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