“The Great Gatsby” is the big screen adaptation of a classic American novel by Australian director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge), starring Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man), Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic). This sprawling cinema tale is based on the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Amid all the fictional hoopla and Hollywood 3D flash, what are the film’s stars worth in real life?
He came from a humble Hollywood beginning as part of Alan Thicke’s TV brood on family friendly sitcom, “Growing Pains”, co-starring a now ultra religious Kirk Cameron and Joanna Kerns. In 1997, DiCaprio co-starred opposite Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce) in director James Cameron’s Oscar winning mega smash, “Titanic”, and his career blasted off like a rocket. DiCaprio curries fan favor and critical acclaim, by excelling in such big movies as ‘The Aviator’ and ‘J. Edgar’, from director Clint Eastwood, and plays a bad guy in Quentin Tarantino “Django Unchained”, a western Tarantino calls more of a southern. Now starring in “The Great Gatsby”, DiCaprio plays one of the most enigmatic and tragic figures in all of American literature – Jay Gatsby. DiCaprio is also a good businessman, so much so that the fabulously rich Gatsby would be proud of his profit prowess. His net worth is an estimated $200 million dollars.
He may not be Spider-Man anymore on the silver screen, since British actor Andrew Garfield took over the web spinning duties in the smash hit, “The Amazing Spider-Man” (2012), but Maguire surely hasn’t faded from the world wide web nor the limelight. In three rousing comic book tales of pulp fiction mayhem, Maguire spun a wide ranging web of high octane, wall crawling adventure, romancing his love Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) and fighting villains like Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) and Doc Ock (Alfred Molina) directed by “Evil Dead” genius, director Sam Raimi. He plays opposite DiCaprio as the stable, dependable friend Nick Carraway in Luhrmann’s Gatsby. Maguire’s stashed much of his Hollywood cash and is worth an estimated $75 million dollars.
At only 27 years old, British actress Carey Mulligan boasts an acting resume that many an actress double her age can’t claim. When she won a BAFTA (British equivalent of an Oscar) for her leading role in 2009’s, “An Education”, it was clear that Mulligan possessed all the necessary dramatic talent to back up her compellingly attractive look. Carey Mulligan has just begun to take her Hollywood star journey, and she’s already worth an estimated $4.5 million dollars. The rich folk who hang around with Gatsby would be proud of such an impressive financial haul.