It's hard to believe an actor as talented as Leonardo DiCaprio would be hesitant to take on a role.

But the 38-year-old star definitely had some trepidation when it came to tackling the lead in The Great Gatsby.

"I was reluctant, because what's so powerful about this novel is everyone has their own interpretation of these characters," DiCaprio said during an appearance on Wednesday's Good Morning America.

But in the end, director Baz Luhrmann convinced him to do the picture.

"It's almost impossible to say 'no' to him," the Oscar nominee noted with a smile.

Which may be good news for Luhrmann, who told the Hollywood Reporter that he would love to collaborate with DiCaprio on William Shakespeare's Hamlet.

"To me, Gatsby is the American Hamlet. What else could we possibly do as a follow-up?" Luhrmann said. "It's just a dream at this point."

Well, here's hoping this particular dream comes true!

UPDATE: Alas, Luhrmann told Huffington Post a couple nights later that his words were "misreported."

"Someone said, 'Where does Leonardo go from here?' And I just said, 'After Gatsby, the only way up is Hamlet," the director said—though he tantalizingly added, "One can never say never."

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