Trivia / The Great Gatsby

The original book:

  • Acclaimed Flop: The book was a failure when it was first published, but over the years it has become standard reading material in academics.
  • Adaptation Displacement: Happily averted despite its many adaptations.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald walked out of the 1926 silent film (the only one released in their lifetimes), which emphasized the party scenes and their scandalous elements.
  • Missing Episode: The 1926 silent film adaptation is a famous lost film. Only a one-minute trailer is known to exist.
  • Reality Subtext: Gatsby and Daisy's relationship is not dissimilar to that of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, though it has more in common with the relationship between Scott Fitzgerald and Ginevra King.
  • Write What You Know: It's believed that Daisy was based off of Ginevra King, Fitzgerald's ex-girlfriend who was also a rich Chicago socialite. Likewise, Tom is believed to have been based off of William Mitchell, the man who Ginevra eventually married. Fitzgerald himself confirmed that Jordan was based off of Edith Cummings, one of Ginevra's friends.

The 2013 film:

  • Actor Allusion: Nick reaches for the last drink on a tray too late and it's snatched by someone else. That exact thing happened to Peter Parker in Spider-Man 2.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Carey Mulligan (26) as as the 23 year old Daisy and Leonardo DiCaprio (36-37 during filming) as the 32 year old Jay Gatsby, who also play those characters in flashback when they are 18 and 27, respectively.
    • 36 year old Tobey Maguire as 29 (later 30) year old Nick Carraway.
  • Fake American: Jordan, Tom, Myrtle, Catherine, and George are played by Australians. Daisy is played by Carey Mulligan who is British while Wolfshiem is played by Bollywood actor, Amitabh Bachchan.
  • Reality Subtext: Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire are actually good friends in real life.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: The actors who play young and teen Gatsby actually look and act very convincingly like Leonardo DiCaprio.
  • What Could Have Been: Ben Affleck was offered the role of Tom Buchanan, but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with Argo.