Role: Nick Carraway
Played in the 1974 version by: Sam Waterston
Our pick: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Because Nick serves as the narrator, an untalented actor might play the character as just that -- a device and not a full-fledged person. We like Gordon-Levitt because he has the ability to breathe life, charm and depth into Nick.
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