The Great Gatsby (1974) Poster


Mia Farrow writes that the main reason she couldn't create on-screen chemistry with Robert Redford was because of Redford's total absorption in the Watergate scandals that were rocking Washington, D.C. at the time. Farrow says Redford spent all his free time locked in his trailer, watching the political scandal unfold on television. Two years later, Redford played Watergate reporter Bob Woodward in All the President's Men (1976).
Robert Towne refused a chance to write the screenplay, despite a $175,000 salary, saying "I didn't want to be the unknown Hollywood screenwriter who fucked up a literary classic." Instead, he wrote Chinatown (1974), which earned him an Academy Award and established him as one of the greatest screenwriters of the period.
Mia Farrow was pregnant during filming. The director did a lot of close-up shots, and put her in a lot of flowing costumes.
Many of the male extras in the party scenes were recruited from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, because military officers had the clean-cut hairstyles worn by 1920s men.
Truman Capote was the original screenwriter. In his draft, Nick was a homosexual and Jordan Baker a vindictive lesbian. When Capote was fired, Francis Ford Coppola finished his draft in three weeks.
Patsy Kensit who plays Mia Farrow's very young daughter, later portrayed Mia Farrow in Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story (1995) which included a re-enactment of the filming of this picture.
Marlon Brando turned down the role of Jay Gatsby because producers would not submit to his salary demands. Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson also reportedly turned the role down too.
Natalie Wood was offered the role of Daisy, but she allegedly balked when the producers insisted on a screen test because the actress hadn't been in a movie for over 5 years (since Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)).
Sam Waterston's mother appears as an extra in the party scenes
Francis Ford Coppola lived in "West Egg," aka Great Neck, former home of F. Scott Fitzgerald, at the time of writing the screenplay for The Great Gatsby (1974),
Sam Waterston is a graduate of Yale University, the same alma mater of his character, Nick Carraway.
According to Robert Evans's memoirs Warren Beatty was approached to play Gatsby. He wanted to direct the film, and suggested Evans play the role himself. Jack Nicholson didn't believe Ali MacGraw was appropriate for Daisy. Steve McQueen was also considered and rejected for the role.
Cybill Shepherd was considered for the role of Daisy Buchanan, but she refused to submit to a screen test.
Julie Christie was considered for the role of Daisy Buchanan.
According to Robert Evans the final 5 names considered for the role of Daisy Buchanan were Mia Farrow, Faye Dunaway, Candice Bergen, Katharine Ross and Lois Chiles. Farrow eventually beat out Bergen for the role and Chiles was given the smaller role of Jordan Baker.
Liza Minnelli turned down the role of Daisy Buchanan.
Robert Evans bought the rights to the novel in 1971 so his then-wife, Ali MacGraw, could play Daisy. A shooting script wasn't ready yet, so MacGraw agreed to star in The Getaway (1972). During production of The Getaway (1972) MacGraw fell in love with co-star Steve McQueen and left Evans for him. Mia Farrow was picked to play Daisy.
Howard Da Silva played Wilson in the 1949 version of The Great Gatsby (1949).
Tuesday Weld was considered for the role of Daisy Buchanan but refused to submit to a screen test unless she was assured that the role would definitely be hers.
Tom mentions Punchbowl in a pivotal scene with Daisy. Punchbowl Crater is located in Honolulu, on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

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