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While it didn't take much convincing, Hugh says his co-star coaxed him to join the cast with her. While at a party in L.A., Hugh says Nicole came up to him and told him how excited she was about the movie. "I said, 'Well, tell me what the script's like because Baz wouldn't really tell me much about it.' And she said, 'Oh, I haven't read the script. You just sign on.' And I said, 'You haven't read the script?' She goes, 'No, this is Baz Luhrmann. Just do it.'"
Hugh says he was right on board with Baz. "All of these movies are about love, about passion, about making the most of everything in life that matters, you know?" he says.