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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, c. 1925 (American Stock/Getty Images)

Robert Redford: Nobody could really get a grip on Gatsby. They couldn't really get a grip because of his mysterious nature. Those were some of the reasons I wanted to, one as an actor to play a different kind of character, a person constrained and just seething inside with the dream and trying to control it and creating an artificial personality to hide what might be insecure. That was very appealing to me; and just the elegance of the novel going to the screen.

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