DiCaprio: Wolf Of Wall Street Is an Indictment of Greed

Star says movie not a typical blockbuster but deserved to get made

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Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort in a scene from The Wolf of Wall Street

In an interview with Variety, producer and star Leonard DiCaprio has stressed that conman biopic The Wolf of Wall Street doesn’t condone excess but condemns it.

“The book was a cautionary tale and if you sit through the end of the film, you’ll realize what we’re saying about these people and this world,” he told Variety.

The star also gave high praise to director Martin Scorsese. “We grew up watching his films and he’s still making stuff that’s punk rock. It’s an amazing achievement,” DiCaprio said.

He added that were it not for directors like Scorsese, who had a “taste for experimental filmmaking at this level,” then the public would not have an opportunity to watch movies “that don’t fit the criteria for a blockbuster but deserve to get made.”

The Wolf of Wall Street, which depicts the life of New York broker turned conman Jordan Belfort, has earned $34 million since it opened on Christmas Day, Variety says.

4 comments
justmann
justmann

The current motion picture, The Wolf of Wall Street, may well have raised the bar for bad taste, mainstream pornography, garbage entertainment, and the deterioration of our civilization’s values.Every other word was a sexual expletive, and every sexual body-part was a star.We are surprised that an actor of Leonardo diCaprio’s stature would allow himself to be this disgusting film’s main character and co-producer.Oh well, just like the movie portrayed, greed, drugs, sex, deceit and money is what life is all about, isn’t it?

Micarl
Micarl

"... you’ll realize what we’re saying about these people and this world."

And that is why you now hang with Jordan Belfort as your BFF?


lordofthefly
lordofthefly

Dicaprio is a fine actor, but I don't think a Hollywood sort who owns his own island is the one to be our anti-greed spokesman.

eagle11772
eagle11772

@lordofthefly We all know that most Hollywood people are hypocrites.  Why does this surprise anyone ?