Leo: Wolf of Wall Street is game changer

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio says The Wolf of Wall Street “shakes the foundation of society”.

The 39-year-old star plays the lead in Martin Scorsese’s movie based on the true story of wealthy stockbroker Jordan Belfort.

With scenes of drug use and sex throughout, reactions to the feature have been mixed.

During a Q&A about the movie, Leonardo was quick to defend Martin’s directing style and shared his thoughts on the finished piece.

“Marty was ferocious in saying, ‘Look, I’m going to be unapologetic about who these people are and if there is a reaction, in a way, that, to me, that means it’s somewhat ground-breaking.’ It shakes the foundation of society in a weird way,” he explained to Celebuzz.

“I’m not saying this film is going to change the world, but it takes a lot of chances. There’s no films like this on the marketplace. There’s nothing like this. You will not see a major Hollywood epic with this kind of atrocity in it. It doesn’t exist, because it doesn’t get financed. I mean, it just doesn’t happen.”

Leonardo also spoke about how he prepared for the role. He and Jordan were in regular contact during production and the actor

“I spent many, many months with [Jordan]. I would literally video tape him while he was imitating what it was like to be on [the drug] ludes [Quaaludes]. He was rolling around on the floor and slobbering, and I said, ‘Go further. Tell me exactly what it was like,’” he recalled.

“I would call him in between scenes asking about a set piece and what it was like. And often times he would say, ‘Look, it was like that, but, to tell you the truth, it was a lot worse and I’m going to tell you why.’ He was incredibly, incredibly helpful for me, as an actor.”

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