The real “Wolf of Wall Street” says a violent scene in the 2013 film prompted Leonardo DiCaprio to make him a promise.
The real wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort, opened up about the violent scene in the film of his life which prompted a personal phone call from Leonardo DiCaprio.
In an interview on the Complete shipment podcast, the infamous ex-stockbroker was asked if there were any “deceptive” scenes in the 2013 blockbuster that he said made it look like a “*** hole”.
“When I hit my wife in the stomach at the end – that didn’t happen,” the 59-year-old told the hosts, referring to a dramatic scene near the end of The wolf of Wall Street where DiCaprio, playing Belfort, is shown slapping and later punching his wife Naomi (played by Margot Robbie) after she tells him she wants a divorce.
Belfort went on to explain that the inclusion of the controversial scene had been pointed out with him in advance by DiCaprio himself.
“Leo called me first, so I can’t blame him. He asked my permission, “he said.
“He called me up and said, ‘Look man, I wanna do something, that’s gonna make it really dramatic. It’s not great for you but believe me, you will come out beautiful in the movie… But I am going to hit your wife in the stomach after snipping all this [cocaine]’.
“And it was all fiction… I never hit her.”
Belfort added that he had been sober “18 months before he was arrested”, so his relapse in this scene was purely fictitious.
However, he insisted that the dramatization hadn’t bothered him.
“When the movie came out, my ex and I took the kids together, and we were like, ‘It didn’t happen, it didn’t happen,’ so it didn’t really bother me. I knew it wasn’t true and my kids knew it wasn’t true.
Martin Scorsese’s controversial three-hour film remains the highest-grossing R-rated film in Australian history, chock-full of explicit scenes of drug use, sex and foul language.
It was also the film that catapulted the career of Queensland-born actress Margot Robbie, who became a true Hollywood star after playing DiCaprio’s love interest.
According to the former Neighbors star, her big breakup ended in a split second decision during her screen test.
“In my head I was like, ‘You have literally 30 seconds left in this room and if you don’t do something awesome, nothing will ever come out of it. This is a once in a lifetime chance, take it, ”said Robbie. Harper’s Bazaar at the time.
“And so I start yelling at him [DiCaprio] and he yells at me. And he’s really scary. I can barely follow.
“And he ends by saying, ‘You should be happy to have a husband like me. Now come here and kiss me. So I walk up to his face and I’m like, “Maybe I should kiss him. When will I have another chance to kiss Leo DiCaprio, ever?”
“But another part of my brain clicks and I’m off, Whack!” I hit him in the face. And then I scream, ‘Fuck you!’ And it’s not in the script at all. The room went completely silent and I froze.
It was a big risk – but it turned out that was what got him the part.
Scorsese said Time magazine, he was “stunned” by his improvisation.
“She landed her role in The wolf of Wall Street when we first met shooting and giving Leonardo DiCaprio a thunderclap from a slap in the face, ”the director said.
“[It was] an improvisation that stunned us all.