Leonardo DiCaprio Is “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Dec 27, 2013 at 6:24 pm |
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Wolf Of Wall Street Leonard DiCaprio

The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), a penny-stock con man who made over $100 million swindling investors. The film showcases the raw, epic expanse of the decadence and debauchery of Wall Street in the 90s. As in Scorsese tradition the film depicts the rise and fall of a character, which always seems to captivate an American audience.

Martin Scorsese is a master storyteller. He is able to find a common humanity within remarkable people and tell their story. Scorsese put it frankly, “Why tell a story of someone who is unremarkable, someone who didn’t do anything inspiring, who wasn’t Michelangelo, Walt Whitman, Roosevelt, or Lincoln on one hand? On the other hand Rasputin, Mao, and Stalin were someone who didn’t lead a life that was exemplary, that wasn’t noble in a way. Not because they wanted to harm anybody per se, but because they had no real model for leading a decent life. This is what they learned from the world around them. So that’s always been something I’ve been attracted and thought was interesting.” Furthermore, Scorsese said that as a viewer you try to separate yourself from those characters, when in actuality it is in all of us.

Drawing inspiration from the movie Caligula, Leonardo DiCaprio spoke about their approach to telling the story of The Wolf of Wall Street. DiCaprio said, “It was a massive orgy of wealth and drugs and a group of people who really want to succeed at any cost…our approach was to be very improvisational.” DiCaprio continued to explain that the entire cast really wanted to embody their characters and get to know them. Working in a loose, improv setting made it possible for them to play around with their characters and deliver an authentic performance.

Picking up on the discussion of their characters Jonah Hill discussed his character Donnie Azoff and the film. The Wolf of Wall Street, as Hill puts it, is all about “what happens when you’re given too much. What happens when rules aren’t placed on you and money can really, in your mind, buy you freedom to do whatever you want and treat people however you want.” Jonah Hill struggled with that aspect of his character saying “it’s not right,” and that he had to justify to himself the behavior he had to portray. Hill said many nights when he got home he thought, “Oh my god what did I do? I spoke to that person so awfully. I often found a lot of guilt after work.”

The Wolf of Wall Street opened nationwide Christmas Day. Make sure to see this film with friends or a date, not family. It is sure to be an American classic.

 

The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio), a penny-stock con man who made over $100 million swindling investors. The film showcases the raw, epic expanse of the decadence and debauchery of Wall Street in the 90s. As in Scorsese tradition the film depicts the rise and fall of a character, which always seems to captivate an American audience.