With just over a week to go until UB40 kicks off their SA tour, we bring you some interesting facts about their opening band, Grassy Spark

Angelina Jolie was reportedly questioned by the FBI for four hours over the Brad Pitt private plane incident

Baz Luhrmann defends hip-hop Great Gatsby

2013-05-17 14:52
The Great Gatsby
Cannes - Not everyone is a fan of the hip-hop flavoured soundtrack of The Great Gatsby, but director Baz Luhrmann says using modern music was essential to capturing the spirit of F Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel.

"We wanted the film to feel like how it would have felt to read the novel in 1925," the director told reporters at the Cannes Film Festival, where the movie provided opening-night screen fireworks and red carpet glamour.

"Fitzgerald put music front and centre in his novel. He took African-American street music called jazz and he put it right as a star in the book.

"People said, 'Why are you doing that? It's a fad, it'll be gone next week.' And he said, because I want this book to feel right here, right now."

Luckily for Luhrmann, Gatsby star Leonardo DiCaprio introduced him to Jay-Z, and the superstar agreed to help score the film.

Two of Jay-Z's own tracks — $100 Bill and the Grammy-winning jam No Church in the Wild — feature on the soundtrack, and he elicited contributions from the wife Beyonce, Emeli Sande and Lana Del Rey.

Luhrmann also used the soundtrack to counter criticism of the absence of African-American speaking characters in the movie — as in Fitzgerald's book.

"Jay said that music is a star in the film so I think there is a great African-American presence in this film and I am very, very grateful for it," he said.


24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Recent News

Felicity Jones has revealed she "nearly killed" her Inferno co-star Tom Hanks. Read More »
Add your review

Ben Affleck, who portrays the role of Christian Wolff in The Accountant, sits down for a quick Q&A. Read More »
Add your review

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.