Gatsby set another reality
Gus Murray pictured at Her Majesty's Theatre for The Mousetrap. Picture: Steve Ferrier/The West Australian.

Gus Murray says it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience working with "whirlwind genius" Baz Luhrmann on The Great Gatsby.

The 31-year-old actor stars alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in the famed director's flick set in the Roaring Twenties, which is slated for release next year.

While in Perth for stage show The Mousetrap, Murray said being on the set of The Great Gatsby was like being transported to another reality. "It was the most amazing set I've ever been on," he said. "There were parties that Baz had set up where they built the interior of this mansion and there were hundreds of extras.

"We were saying one day, all we needed was for the martinis to be real and it would be the best party we'd ever been to in our lives. He was a whirlwind genius."

Originally due to open in Australia in January, The Great Gatsby's release date was recently postponed to mid-2013 amid production delays. However, Murray said it would be worth the wait.

"It gives Baz a bit more time to work it and hone it," he said. "I don't know the reasons behind all that stuff... but the bits I saw I just burst out into smiling laughter - you can't help it."

In another period role for the actor, Murray is playing Giles Ralston in the 60th anniversary tour of Agatha Christie's famous whodunnit, The Mousetrap.

Murray said he was having a great time bonding with the other cast members, including Offspring's Linda Cropper and Justin Smith, who stars in Nine's gritty crime series Underbelly: Badness.

"It's been fun because when you're touring like this you become a bit of a family," Murray said. "And this sort of play where it's set in a drawing room, you definitely feel that."

The Mousetrap runs at His Majesty's Theatre until Sunday.

The West Australian

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