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Chapter by Chapter Countdown to GATSBY ... Chapter Nine

Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) cigar smoking bully

"I couldn't forgive him or like him, but I saw that what he had done was, to him, entirely justified. It was all very careless and confused. They were careless people, Tom and Daisy-they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made. . . ."

Chapter Nine, page ten

The final chapter in my chapter by chapter countdown is here. Gatsby officially comes out tomorrow, although plenty of us will be in our seats at the late shows tonight. My showtime is at 10:25pm; the studios are pushing those 'opening weekend numbers' back further and further.
Despite the bad reviews I'm still excited to see it for myself.

This final image is of big bad Tom Buchanan in that final chapter where Nick just washes his hands of everything. I still haven't seen my ideal Tom (although Tom Hardy just came to mind) but Edgerton does seem to capture that undercurrent of cruelness in this production photo. Tom is just the type to blow smoke in your face, and so smug with his air of entitled, arrogant ignorance. 

By the way I've stopped even glancing at the reviews; I'm going and I can't wait, critics and intellectual snobbery be damned. 

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