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.
  • Missing Episode: The 1926 adaptation is a famous lost film. Very little of it 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 Genevra 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.
  • Genius Bonus:
    • The bandleader at Gatsby's parties is named Trimalchio, which is a shout-out to Satyricon where a character by the same name is famous for his elaborate parties. Additionally "Trimalchio" and "Trimalchio in West Egg" were possible titles for the book.
    • At the end of the "'Can't repeat the past'? Of course you can!" scene, Gatsby walks between a statue of two ravens which could represent Oden's ravens Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory) — appropriate since Gatsby's thoughts are always on his memories of Daisy.
  • What Might Have Been: Ben Affleck was offered the role of Tom Buchanan, but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with Argo.