When you think F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay-Z totally comes to mind, right? We didn’t think so. But that’s just one of the things that makes Baz Lurhmann an interesting director. When MTV News caught up with Isla Fischer on the set of “Now You See Me,” she told us working on the film was an “incredible luxury” and shared insight into the unique way Lurhmann helped the actors feel comfortable on set.
“I had a great time. I loved it,” the Scottish actress told us about her “Gatsby” experience. “It was an incredible luxury. We did a play workshop that was three weeks long. Before we even started rehearsals we were immersed entirely in [the 1920’s]. It was just the best experience ever.”
Literature fans were thrilled when it was announced another film adaptation of Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” was in the works. Further, they became overjoyed with the news that Leonard DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Fischer were among the talented actors cast. And according to the Scottish actress, the stars of the film will not disappoint as Lurhmann’s direction helped ease the actors’ nerves.
“On my first day he had Jay-Z pumped up full and we did the entire scene with, you know, Jay-Z in our ear on full blast while acting and it was just so liberating,” Fischer said. “He really understands actors and how self-conscious we feel at times, and how exposed we are and how we never know where anything lands. Just the complexity of being vulnerable every minute when you’re acting and he just makes you feel so safe.”
We imagine being in the extremely capable hands of the man behind “Romeo + Juliet,” “Australia” and “Moulin Rouge” would make you feel very safe.