Leonard DiCaprio's Gatsby Brings 1920s Glamor To Cannes

Like millions of others, Leonardo DiCaprio loved “The Great Gatsby” as a teenager.

But he says he only recently began to understand it.

The star of Baz Luhrmann’s lush screen adaptation says that when he re-read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book as an adult, he felt that it was not the tale of tragic romance he once believed.

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DiCaprio said Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival that the book is the story of a man who “was trying to become a great Rockefeller, a great American, and somewhere along the way has lost a sense of who he was.”

“Gatsby” is opening the 12-day film extravaganza Wednesday.

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DiCaprio and co-stars Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan will walk the Cannes red carpet later, bringing the festival its first dose of Hollywood glamor.

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