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Jay Leno's Garage Gets Screen Credit in 'The Great Gatsby'

Jay Leno Key Art Portrait Full - P 2013
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Why the production turned to the talk show host -- and legendary car collector -- for help.

This story first appeared in the May 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

"Jay Leno's Garage" is listed among the thank-you's in the end credits of The Great Gatsby.

A source close to the movie tells THR that the Tonight Show host, known for his vintage car collection, allowed director Baz Luhrmann's crew to record the period-correct sounds of his Duesenbergs.

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It was necessary assistance, since the yellow 1929 Duesenberg appearing anachronistically in the 1922-set film is a fake, its fiberglass body masking a Ford V-8 engine.