Amitabh to make Hollywood debut for free


Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has said he will act for free in his first Hollywood role in director Baz Luhrmann’s new screen adaptation of the classic novel ‘The Great Gatsby’. The 68-year-old wrote on his blog Sunday that he was making “a mere one scene appearance as a friendly gesture” in the film, which also stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. Bachchan’s character, Meyer Wolfsheim, is a shadowy organised crime figure who helps the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby make his money in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel. The “Big B”, as he is known to his millions of devoted fans in India and across the world, said he agreed to take part after Luhrmann – a Bollywood fan – visited India last year. “He called last month and wondered if I would do this small role in his film and I agreed. It is a gesture. I have refused any remuneration on this too,” he wrote on, in his first comments on the film. “It has been a wonderful experience to be a part of their (Hollywood’s) system and to observe with what detail and diligence they work,” he added.