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I did The Great Gatsby for free: Amitabh Bachchan

hollywood Updated: Aug 23, 2012 17:11 IST
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Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has a blink-and-you-miss-it role in Hollywood film The Great Gatsby, says, he did the film for free as a gesture.

Directed by Baz Luhrmann, The Great Gatsby stars Amitabh Bachchan, Leonardo Di Caprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire.

"My role is just small and hardly of a minute. Baz Luhrmann was touring India on a motorcycle couple of years ago..going all over the country. He dropped in at my office with a friend who did some painting work for me. We just had a casual conversation and he left," Bachchan told reporters here at a promotional event of KBC.

"A year-and-half ago he called me and said he has a small role for me, which he felt was not worthy for me. He asked if I would do it and I readily agreed. I did it as a gesture. It is not remunerative...I have not charged anything...just a gesture," he said.

The 69-year-old actor, who essays the role of Meyer Wolfshiem, is seen sporting a moustache and beard in the trailer of the film.

"I still don't have the liberty to talk about the film. It is the contract that binds me...for talking about the film, my role. All I can is that I am very happy and delighted to have work with a genius person like Baz Luhrmann," he said.

The Great Gatsby: (L-R) Amitabh Bachchan, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio

"Many films have been made on it (novel), this is the third edition. A huge amount of detailing, research and there whole system of working is so well organised...it is a great pleasure to be working with them," Big B said.

Amitabh is happy about sharing screen space with Hollywood biggies like Leonardo Di Caprio, Tobey Maguire and others. "My experience of working with Baz, Leonardo, Tobey, Carry is wonderful. I am happy to be working with them," he said.

The Great Gatsby a 3D romantic drama , is an adaptation of the classic F Scott Fitzgerald novel with the same name.