Leonardo DiCaprio defends Wolf of Wall Street

By Alexandra Heilbron on December 31, 2013 | 2 Comments

Leonardo DiCaprio has defended his new movie, The Wolf of Wall Street, to showbusiness publication Variety. The movie depicts Leonardo as stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who became extremely wealthy by bilking others of their money while living a debauched lifestyle. The movie has been criticized for glorifying Belfort’s behavior. At an Academy screening of the film earlier this month, director Martin Scorsese was reportedly heckled, with senior Oscar voters verbally attacking the director during the Q&A after the screening. Leonardo explained to Variety: “I hope people understand we’re not condoning this behavior, that we’re indicting it. The book was a cautionary tale, and if you sit through the film, you’ll realize what we’re saying about these people and this world, because it’s an intoxicating one.” He added that Scorsese should be praised for making films that are “vital and talked about, and have an element of controversy about them.”

Comments & Discussion

  1. Steve-O • December 31, 2013 @ 10:19 PM

    Maybe if people tried cocaine first they would realize it is a pretty cool drug. I can snort an 8-Ball in a night no prob.

  2. Zod • January 1, 2014 @ 3:48 PM

    Yeah unfortunately Cocaine is exclusively for losers. U can remain in that grouping if you so desire, continue ruining your life 🙂

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