Isla Fisher only shares the screen with Leonardio DiCaprio for a single scene in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” but the actress says she was blown away by Leo’s performance – and audiences will be too.
“Leo is the most perfect Jay Gatsby. He brings to it a childlike innocence,” Isla, who plays Myrtle Wilson in the upcoming film (based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel), told Access Hollywood at the “Gatsby” junket. “His obsession with Daisy doesn’t feel mentally ill. It’s just sort of passionate and misguided, but still romantic.
“Leo’s fabulous in everything — he’s one of the greatest actors of our generation,” she added. “But he has gone further than you could ever have imagined with this character, and really made [Gatsby] so multi-dimensional, and so flawed and so vulnerable, and yet so macho and sexy — everything that you want in Gatsby.”
In addition to Leo’s performance, Isla was thrilled by the movie’s elaborate costumes created by designer Catherine Martin.
“I felt like there was a whole building devoted to Catherine Martin and the costumes. You could just go from room to room looking at beautiful sketches and seeing silks and lace and feathers,” she said. “But my character, obviously being working class, she couldn’t afford to be in beautiful costumes. I think she made her own costumes. So, there was a lot of lycra… I still loved my character’s costumes, even though the plastic bangles drove me a little bit nuts by the end!”
The actress also shot down a rumor claiming she and co-star Carey Mulligan attempted to keep their costumes from the film.
“There is a misquote around town that Carey and I tried to steal costumes,” she said. “But I assure you, I would have liked to steal Carey’s costumes — but not my character’s!”
“The Great Gatsby” hits theaters on May 10.
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