'Great Gatsby' Stars Remember Their First Time ... Reading The Novel

[From MTV NewsNEW YORK: The Jazz Age took center stage Wednesday (May 1), as the stars of Baz Luhrmann's glitzy "The Great Gatsby" — including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan — walked the black carpet outside of Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall for the world premiere of their '20s-set film (which opens in theaters May 10).

Often considered one of (if not the) great American novel, the F. Scott Fitzgerald tale — about an enigmatic millionaire trying to win back his long-lost love — is a mainstay of high-school and college curricula, yet the manner in which the stars were introduced to the book are as many and varied as Gatsby's extensive shirt collection.

DiCaprio, like many, read the novel as a boy but found new meaning in it as a man.

"I had a connection with the character very early on, but not until I picked it up as an adult did I really understand the nuance or the complexity or the symbolism and the genius of Fitzgerald's work," he said.

Check out the video above and head to MTV News for more scoop on the "Gatsby" stars reading the novel.