The Wolf of Wall Street is a 2013 American biographical comedy crime film directed by Martin Scorsese. The screenplay by Terence Winter is adapted from the memoir of the same name by Jordan Belfort and recounts Belfort’s perspective on his career as a stockbroker in New York City and how his firm, Stratton Oakmont, engaged in rampant corruption and fraud on Wall Street that ultimately led to his downfall.
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Belfort (and also co-produced the film), with Jonah Hill as his business partner and friend Donnie Azoff, Margot Robbie as his second wife Naomi Lapaglia, and Kyle Chandler as Patrick Denham, the F.B.I. agent who tries to bring him down. (Wiki)
Now you’ve been warned of some slightly inappropriate photos by some viewers; you will get it if you have watched the film! Leonardo DiCaprio was paid $25 million for his role, a quarter of the film’s budget, making him the highest-paid star of the year.
This movie was banned in 5 countries due to its high sexual content.
In an interview with Margot Robbie, she reveals that for the scene where Jordan and Naomi have sex for the first time in her apartment. Her dog tries to jump up and bite him, and they had trouble getting the dog to jump, so they had to put dog food and chicken livers all over Leonardo DiCaprio’s feet and between his toes. Real-life ‘Wolf’ Jordan Belfort has a cameo at the film’s end.
Now a motivational speaker introduces Leonardo DiCaprio (aka himself). The word ‘fuck’ and its numerous conjugations are said 569 times, making The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) the film with the most uses of the word in a mainstream, non-documentary film.
Martin Scorsese claimed that the sequence of Jordan attempting to get in his car while significantly impaired Lemmons was improvised on filming. Leonardo DiCaprio’s idea is to open the car door with his foot.
DiCaprio strained his back during the scene and could only perform the stunt once. When Jordan is filming one of his infomercials, he appears on a boat in front of women in brightly colored bikinis.
This is a direct homage to Tom Vu’s infomercials from the late 80s and early 90s, in which people would be invited to his get-rich-quick seminars.
In the scene where Maggie Robbie strips down for Leo, she is so nervous she has three shots to calm her nerves.
The majority of the film was improvised, as Martin Scorsese often encourages. Wanting to work with Martin Scorsese, Jonah Hill took a pay cut by paying the S.A.G. minimum, which was $60,000.
Grossing $392 million worldwide, this is Martin Scorsese’s highest-grossing film of his career. Jordan Belfort coached Leonardo DiCaprio on his behavior, especially instructing him in the various ways he had reacted to the Quaaludes he abused and his dope-induced confrontation with Danny Porush.
The actual 1991 Hamptons beach party footage is shown in the film, with Jordan Belfort and then-fiancée Nadine Caridi (“Naomi Belfort”) can be found on YouTube.
Margot Robbie confessed that her sex scene with Leonardo DiCaprio on a bed full of cash was highly uncomfortable, as the fake paper bills had sharp edges resulting in multiple paper cuts to her back.
Although the real Jordan Belfort supported the film and accepted his negative portrayal, he disputed the film’s depiction of the end of his second marriage. Although he admitted to having hit his wife during a fight, he claims that it happened earlier during the height of his drug addiction and that their break-up occurred without incident when he was clean and sober.
During the kissing scene between Leonardo DiCaprio (Jordan Belfort) and Joanna Lumley (Aunt Emma), Leonardo was so nervous that the set required a reported twenty-seven takes to get it right. Blake Lively and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley were considered to play Naomi. Teresa Palmer and Amber Heard auditioned for Naomi before Margot Robbie was cast.
When the F.B.I. agents interview Jordan Belfort on his yacht, he hands one of them a list of guests at his wedding. The names on it are actual names of the film’s crew members.
The actors snorted vitamin B tablets in the scenes that show the bankers doing cocaine. PJ Byrne told American OK! Magazine: “I was scared as hell, but it’s oddly very easy.” He used his wife’s sweet old aunt as a mule, helping him smuggle money out of the U.S.
Jonah Hill has revealed he used a prosthetic penis for the scene that sees him masturbating. He told the Daily Beast: “I had to tell everyone that while their first instinct was to laugh, I had to take it very seriously so that we got the appropriate response.”
Belfort earned $50 million a year, reportedly making $12 million in three minutes.
Belfort’s drug of choice was Quaaludes. He once landed his helicopter on his back lawn, flying with just one eye open because he was so stoned he had double vision. Jonah Hill puts a real goldfish in his mouth for one scene but tellsGrantland.com: “I want everything that could be real to be real [but] PETA wouldn’t let me eat a real goldfish.”
Chris Evans and Joseph Gordon-Levitt auditioned for a role. Production was halted for a week during Hurricane Sandy’s assault on New York in late 2012. Martin Scorsese was even denied access to his film facility on Manhattan’s 57th Street due to the potential hazards posed by a toppled crane near his building.
Martin Scorsese claims that he didn’t meet the real Jordan Belfort until the film’s premiere. However, Belfort was on-set with Scorsese present during filming.