Baz Luhrmann injured on 'The Great Gatsby' set

Wednesday December 28, 2011

Baz Luhrmann had to have three stitches in his head after he was injured on the set of his new movie The Great Gatsby.

The Moulin Rouge director is filming a big screen adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's epic novel starring Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire in Sydney.

But the shoot was shut down a day early after Baz cut his head open on a camera crane on December 22.

Anton Monsted, co-producer on the film, told the Sydney Morning Herald: "We were on quite a cramped set and he was ducking under the crane.

"He struck his head on the weights on the end of the camera crane. He split open his head and we had to get the doctor."

The 83-day shoot was finished early to allow the cast home for Christmas.

Anton revealed they will return to Australia for "pick-ups" in the new year.

''There's a few days owing due to rain and then there will also be what we would have shot, had we continued filming after Baz's injury."

The film is set in New York in the 1920s, but has been shot at Fox Studios and locations around Sydney. Anton said the crew finished the year on ''a big high'', despite Baz's injury.

''Filming has gone extremely well. The only obstacle we've really faced has been bad weather.''

Photo:©Rex

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