The legendary actor, who has finally got a breakthrough in Hollywood with Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann’s new film, will waive his fee for the role
Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan will be seen in a special appearance in the remake of The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio. The actor said that he will act for free in his Hollywood debut also starring Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher.
Apparently, Big B has waived off his fee for the role in the film. The actor, who will play the character of Meyer Wolfsheim, a Jewish gambler, will be seen in merely one scene and hence insisted on doing the role for free. The Great Gatsby is a classic novel written by F Scott Fitzgerald which talks about life post World War I. Luhrmann has already begun shooting the film in Australia which will be made in 3D at a budget of $126m. Luhrmann had met up with Amitabh last year, “Baz Luhrmann during his private visit to India, had dropped by my office to meet me and presented me with some paintings of a prominent painter that was accompanying him,” Bachchan wrote in his blog. “He called last month and wondered if I would do this small role in his film and I agreed. It is a friendly gesture,” he added. Big B went to Sydney for the script reading and dress rehearsal with the rest of the cast and crew of the film. “It has been a wonderful experience to be a part of their system and to observe with what detail and diligence they work,” he wrote. In an interview earlier, Luhrmann also spoke of his excitement to have Amitabh on board for his film. The director had also expressed his love for Bollywood movies and songs.