Every now an again you come across a movie that moves you, watching the movie itself becomes an experience, this movie was one hell of journey that I would happily revisit in years to come, DiCaprio is now officially the king of Hollywood and king of the movies, De Niro was once known as an actor that held danger in his performance, he had the ability to make you laugh and scare you to death, all within the same minute, DiCaprio has now taken over his mantle and blew his audience and other performers out of the water.
Matthew McConaughey looks ill, I know he recently made a film were he had to lose weight but it looks like he did not have time to put the weight back on for this film, it’s my only negative about this film.
Dicaprio plays Jordan Belfort, the story is about his life and in starting a less than straight forward stock broking firm, one of my favourite films is Boiler room, this movie is about the same guys, but more so focusing on the head honcho rather than the milk boy.
Jonah Hill had no problem putting the weight back on for this film and takes part in one of the most entertaining double acts that I have seen on-screen in years, with ” Money Ball” and now this Jonah is slowly becoming an actor to take seriously, his stand out scene on the phone was truly hilarious.
Overall I love this film, it feels sexy and dangerous, it’s more about ego than anything else, the style of the film just shines off the page, This has to be my film of 2013, to be honest, nothing else comes close.
Facts about the film –
Real-life Jordan Belfort appears in a brief role in the film’s final scene, introducing his cinema stand-in Leonardo DiCaprio. As accurately portrayed, Belfort is now a motivational speaker who previously served 22 months in federal prison for stock fraud.
The actors snorted crushed B vitamins for scenes involving cocaine. Although their noses felt uncomfortable, it gave them more energy to perform their scenes.
Matthew McConaughey improvised the scene when his character hums while beating his chest. In fact, through much of the movie, dialogue was frequently improvised.
Jordan Belfort coached DiCaprio on his behavior, especially instructing him in the various ways he had reacted to the Quaaludes he abused as well as his drugged confrontation with Danny Porush.
Margot Robbie has revealed that she accidentally slapped Leonardo DiCaprio more violently than she intended to while shooting a scene , she got a little lost in the moment and slapped his face and said “Fuck You”, there was a stunned silence on the set and then all of them burst out laughing, but she feared that DiCaprio would sue her for it, she apologized, but he was impressed with her courage and asked her to hit him again.
The real life, Mark Hanna, who was portrayed by Matthew McConaughey, stated he bought 25% of Belfort’s business and worked with him for two more years. This was not depicted in the film.
Leonardo DiCaprio says that he and Martin Scorsese were able to ‘push the envelope’ with their depiction of over-the-top sexual acts and scenes in “Wolf” and ‘make the movie they wanted to’ primarily because the production was financed independently,and not by any major studio. Scorsese did however edit some sexual content and nudity to avoid an NC-17 rating at the request of the MPAA.
During the search for the right Donnie Azoff, Martin Scorsese had requested a meeting with Jonah Hill, but Hill demanded he audition for the part. It was Hill’s first audition in six years.
Chris Evans and Joseph Gordon-Levitt auditioned for a role.
A young Steve Buscemi briefly appears on screen in a 1987 episode of The Equalizer (1985) that Max Belfort (Rob Reiner) is watching on TV at home.
Martin Scorsese: as the voice of John, the first client, that Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) sells Arotyne IND penny stocks.