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Stephen Colbert as 'Gatsby' at Old Westbury Gardens
In case you can't get enough of "The Great Gatsby" following the release of the Baz Luhrmann-directed film last week, here's a late-night TV spoof you definitely want to see.
Stephen Colbert introduced his new "COlbert Book Club" -- no relation to Oprah's -- on the May 9 episode of "The Colbert Report," and what better novel to start with than "Gatsby," an American classic? Though he claims to have "definitely" read the book, it is immediately clear he hasn't. And so he meets with Carey Mulligan, star of the latest film interpretation. Surely the actress who played Daisy Buchanan can fill him in on the plot and themes, right?
Wrong. She can't read!
The entire skit is worth watching, but to see the best part, in which Colbert and Mulligan take a remedial reading lesson from "Reading Rainbow" host LeVar Burton outside Old Westbury Gardens (one of Long Island's grandest Gold Coast mansions, which inspired "Gatsby" author F. Scott Fitzgerald), jump to the 4:50 minute mark.