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Interview with Jonah Hill and Rob Reiner at National Board Of Review Awards Gala

On Jan. 7, Examiner.com was on the red carpet at the 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street. The Spotlight Award went to the "Career Collaboration of Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio," who were both in attendance to support their latest film "The Wolf of Wall Street," which is now playing.

"Wolf of Wall Street" star Leonardo DiCaprio and Director Martin Scorsese were honored for their collaboration.
"Wolf of Wall Street" star Leonardo DiCaprio and Director Martin Scorsese were honored for their collaboration.Getty Images

Check out what Leo's co-star Jonah Hill had to say on the red carpet:

What was it like watching Leo and Martin collaborate on set?

It was amazing to get to watch! Martin Scorsese’s my favorite filmmaker of all time and Leo, who I think is the best actor of his generation...to watch those two collaborate on a level I had never seen two people collaborate on before as far as skill and quality at that level and knowing one another so well.

How did their history manifest on set?

I think shorthand and understanding the common goal of understanding what the film was and just both being so talented and aware of one another.

Are you pleased with the film's reception?

I’m thrilled, I’m just thrilled to be about of it.

We also spoke with Rob Reiner on the red carpet.

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio are being honored tonight.

Why that’s what I want to know! Why did these two guys wind up getting an award. What have they done? [joking] Martin Scorsese one of the greatest filmmakers of all times and Leo is one of the great actors of all time and I’m just thrilled in getting the chance to honor them.

How did their history manifest itself on set?

They have a shorthand, they do work really well together and they are very cognizant of the fact that since they are so close like a family that when an outsider like me comes in, they know the way they’re gonna get the best work is make you feel like you’re part of the family which they did which was great.

There has been a bit of controversy about the film glorifying Jordan Belfort.

I did a show many years ago called “All in the Family,” and that’s the same exact crap that we got. They said you’re making Archie a bigot out to be a good guy. There were people who agreed with Archie and there were people who agreed with Mike. This is a very honest depiction of actual Jordan Belfort what he was actually like and Marty doesn't hold anything back. It's all warts and and it's up to the viewer to decide. There’s nothing glorified about a man stealing his child, hitting his wife in the face, and being high as a kite, there’s nothing glorified about that. You see this guy the way he is. If you think that’s a thing to aspire to now I think you gotta think a little bit.