Paramount Pictures' highly anticipated "The Wolf of Wall Street," starring Leonardo DiCaprio will hit theaters on Dec. 25 and today we are excited to share our exclusive interviews with the film's producers: Riza Aziz, Joey McFarland, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. Aziz and McFarland are the team behind the upcoming "Dumb and Dumber To" and Koskoff has been a longtime collaborator with Martin Scorsese. We spoke with them on the red carpet for the film's New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater presented by Giorgio Armani.
What did you love about the script?
Koskoff: I love the story, I love Jordan's story. I find him to be a very interesting character study. He is a guy that wasn't in fed with a silver spoon and did not have an ivy league education. He was a kid who had the American dream in his sights and went for it. He got caught up ultimately in the system's acceptance and promotion of the unscrupulous behavior…Marty is drawn to those types of protagonists and I was interested to see how that was going to come about.
McFarland: What's not to love about the material? It is completely outlandish, authentic, debaucherous, we tried to capture as much of the essence of Jordan's life as possible and I think that the chemistry between Leo, Jonah, Marty and the rest of the cast executed it with perfection.
Aziz: It's a timeless tale about greed and I keep telling people that you can shoot this movie in twenty or fifty years it would still be very relevant to that time and take away the money, the yachts, the cars all the cocaine, it's still the same human flaw of greed.
What were the biggest challenges on the production side?
McFarland: We had a hurricane hit New York, that was pretty challenging. We went on a couple of weeks hiatus, which pushed us into the holidays. Shooting on location in New York is not easy especially with the caliber of talent we were shooting with, so I think just daily challenges, but nothing we couldn't overcome. We shot on budget and on schedule.
What was it like working with Leonardo DiCapario?
McFarland: It was a great experience. He is the hardest working man I ever worked with. The material really started with him, he's been dedicated to this project for six or seven years. We came on about three and a half to four years ago aside from shooting 99% of the days, when he wasn't shooting he was doing his producer responsibilities alongside with us.