Examiner.com had the opportunity to exclusively interview Jake Hoffman, who has a small, but memorable role as designer Steve Madden in Paramount Pictures' "The Wolf of Wall Street," out Dec. 25. In the film, Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) is tasked with taking Madden's company public.
Tell me about the casting process?
Jake: I auditioned and prayed. That was it.
Did you initially audition for the role of Steve Madden?
Jake: Indeed I did…I actually auditioned for Jordan first, but they went a different way so…
I'm just kidding around!
Tell me about your research for the role?
Jake: I didn't really research the stock market, I researched women shoes more and yours are fantastic right now.
There is an amazing scene that you and Leo are in, where he is giving a speech to his entire Stratton Oakmont company.
Jake: He's great in all of the scenes, but that was one of the more significant scenes and watching him do that, kind of standing there, while he was doing it, was sort of a front row seat, just watching someone who is so good at what they do. He is fantastic in the movie!
What was it like collaborating with Martin Scorsese?
Jake: It's weird to even put it that way. I was just really happy to be there! That's someone so special.
What's coming up for you in 2014?
I am in the movie called "Enter The Dangerous Mind" that premiered at South By Southwest with Nikki Reed, I think that comes out in a few months and I just directed a movie, so I'm editing that. It's a movie with Krysten Ritter and Benedict Samuel called "Asthma." It's a rock and roll drama.
The film's New York premiere was presented by Giorgio Armani was held at the Ziegfeld Theater and an after-party was held at Roseland Ballroom.