'The Great Gatsby' Director Baz Luhrmann Injured on Australia Set

9:56 PM PST 12/23/2011 by Kimberly Nordyke
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Production on the Leonardo DiCaprio movie was shut down a day early following the accident.

Filming on The Great Gatsby was shut down a day early after director Baz Luhrmann suffered an injury on the movie's Australian set.

Luhrmann bumped into a camera crane and needed three stitches in his head, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

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Anton Monsted, who is listed as a co-producer and music supervisor on the Warner Bros. movie at IMDB.com, told the Herald that Luhrmann was in the midst of directing a scene when the accident happened.

"We were on quite a cramped set and he was ducking under the crane," he said. "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."

It was then decided to shut production down a day early ahead of the Christmas holiday, with the cast and crew set to return for additional shooting after the new year.

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''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,'' Monsted said.

An e-mail to a Warner Bros. representative was not immediately returned.

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The movie, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Amitabh Bachchan and Elizabeth Debicki also star.

Gatsby has been filming at Fox Studios and various locations around Sydney for the past 83 days. It's set to be released Dec. 25, 2012, the same day as another DiCaprio movie, the Quentin Tarantino-directed Django Unchained.

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