“I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited; they went there.”
That’s a line from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (which you can stop pretending is the greatest book of all-time; obviously the correct answer is The Catcher in the Rye) but doesn’t it sound like dialogue from the famous Chappelle’s Show sketch about Prince? Both Gatsby and the Purple One are mysterious, reclusive wackos, which is probably what led Prince, and fellow insane pop music icon Lady Gaga, to contributing songs to Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby soundtrack.
Lady Gaga and Prince have both reportedly approached the Moulin Rouge director about contributing to the soundtrack for the upcoming F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation – at least that’s according to cast member Adelaide Clemens (Silent Hill: Revelation 3D), who seems to have spilled the beans in a recent interview.
“They have some new music that’s going to be added to the film…Some pretty huge artists have approached Baz and are writing songs for the film, and I don’t think Warner Bros. are going to turn down Prince and Lady Gaga knocking down your door,” said Clemens – who plays Myrtle Wilson’s (Isla Fisher) sister Catherine in the film – before adding, “I don’t know if I’m allowed to say that.” (Via)
Then again, Prince also wrote a song for a movie about singing and dancing penguins, so…yeah. Anyways, I like to imagine that Luhrmann booked Prince, and to a lesser extent Gaga, to make up for the Great “Lady Marmalade” Crisis of 2001. We lost a lot of good men that year. So many punctured eardrums.