Nadine Macaluso revealed the truth about the accuracy of Martin Scorsese’s 2013 film, The The wolf of Wall Street.
Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie as former real-life couple Jordan Belfort and Maculoso, the blockbuster drama follows the rise and fall of Belfort’s brokerage firm, which he built by scamming millionaires.
Based on Belfort’s 2007 memoir of the same name, the film stays fairly true to its source material. However, according to Macaluso – previously Nadine Caridi – she would disagree with the film’s portrayal of her “love life which was a Greek tragedy”.
“If you look at it through Jordan’s lens, it was really accurate. And I think if you look at it through my lens, it wasn’t, and that makes sense because it was in done as our marriage was,” Macaluso said in a TikTok video.
“However, I went to therapy, became a therapist, got my doctorate, and became an expert in relational trauma, and so I’m able to discern his truth, my truth, and everything else.”
In a series of later videos, Macaluso shared his take on specific scenes from the film and whether or not they were true.
“A lot of things weren’t quite true, but the boat scene was totally true,” she said, referring to the moment in the film when Belfort’s yacht sank and they were all rescued. by the Italian Navy.
“It was awful, awful. We were in a squall for 12 to 18 hours and we survived,” Macaluso recalled.
She added that the film’s description of how she met Belfort was “quite similar” to the real thing and confirmed that the scene of Robbie on the phone surrounded by a room full of flowers was true.
“I actually came home to an 800 square foot apartment with 1,400 square feet of flowers,” she said.
She later described meeting Robbie so the Aussie actor could master Macaluso’s thick Brooklyn accent.
“I met Margot and her speaking coach in my hotel lobby, they checked me in, and then I took her out to dinner,” she recalled.
“[Robbie] was 22, she was adorable, she was so sweet. And in the middle of dinner, she said to me, “I’m really scared of being naked and all the sex scenes,” Macaluso continued.
“And I said, ‘That’s it. Right there. That fear that you have about speaking your truth to powerful men, embody that and you’ll do a great job. And you know what? She She did. She was fantastic.
Macaluso and Belfort married in 1991 and divorced in 2005. They share two children, Chandler and Carter.
Now remarried, Macaluso works as a licensed trauma bonding therapist and uses her personal experiences to educate others.