Jan 16, 2014
The Top 10 Hunks of "The Great Gatsby"
The 2013 Baz Luhrman film version ups the gay subtexts, eliminating any hint of romance between Nick and lesbian-coded tennis pro Jordan, making Nick's affection for Gatsby palpably romantic, and suggesting that Gatsby doesn't want Daisy so much as Daisy-and-Nick.
There's also a gay subtext that isn't even in the book: Daisy's husband Tom has a palpably homoerotic interest in Nick and other men. They go to a wild party attended by a gay-coded man and several women, and when it turns into an orgy, Tom grabs a bellhop and strips him out of his clothes.
There are a huge number of hunky actors in the production. Unfortunately, most are kept under wraps, or appear in undershirts. Here are the top 10:
1. Leonardo DiCaprio (right) as Gatsby. He's played gay characters many times.
2. Tobey Maguire (left) as Nick. He and Leo have a real-life bromance going on, and their real-life affection certainly added to the gay subtext.
4. Jason Clarke as George Wilson, garage mechanic whose wife is having an affair with Tom.
8.-9. The casting director apparently scoured Australia for physique models to play even minor parts. Check out Conor Fogarty as Gatsby's Butler, or Alex Lissine as a Cocktail Waiter.