Leonardo DiCaprio told Daybreak's Kate Garraway that he has looked on his experience of filming The Great Gatsby as "an incredible opportunity that I don't want to squander and I look at it as an incredible gift."
When asked if he could identify with his character Jay Gatsby's party lifestyle he said: "I have been to some parties in my life and I have been to premieres but thank God that is not my life 24 hours a day, thank God!"
Leonardo Di Caprio has emphasised the importance of The Great Gatsby novel in the United States.
Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival he said: "Gatsby is compulsory reading in secondary school.
"People today still try to dissect this novel, to interpret every line, it's a kind of endless quest. We wanted to re-shape the novel's characters. It is so exciting to work with a text of this calibre."
Watch the first trailer for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, which is due to be released in the UK in December. The film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, is based on the novel by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald.