If sitting for three hours in a movie theater is the only reason you haven't seen "Wolf of Wall Street," the solution is here. Now, you can watch in the comfort of your own home with the Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and VOD release of the Oscar-nominated film on Tuesday, March 25.
Based on the outrageous, true story of Jordan Belfort, "The Wolf of Wall Street" is the story of young stockbroker, hungry for a life of non-stop thrills, where corruption is king and more is never enough.
Nominated for five Academy Awards -- Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jonah Hill) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Terence Winter), "Wolf of Wall Street" also stars Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jean Dujardin and Margot Robbie.
At a press conference for the release of the film, DiCaprio talked about how it took years to get the film made, hanging out with Belfort, his longtime relationships with Scorsese, and more.
Can you talk about the process of getting this movie made?
About six years ago, I picked up this novel by Jordan Belfort, which was a fascinating read. Simply because I felt like his biography was a reflection of everything that's wrong in today's society -- the hedonistic lifestyle. [It was about a] time period in Wall Street's history, where Jordan basically gave into every carnal indulgence possible, where he was obsessed with greed, and you know, obsessed with himself essentially.
And he was so unflinching in his account of this time period, so honest, and so unapologetic in his autobiography, so I was compelled to play this character. We almost got the financing after, or during "Shutter Island." And the film fell apart. But I was obsessed with having Marty direct this film. And Terry Winter wrote an incredible screenplay that I think really catered to Marty's strengths and his style. And though it was a long waiting period to get this film financed, our friends at Red Granite said, "Look, we want to take a chance on this film. We want it to be a grand American story of greed. And pull no punches. Push the envelope, and go the distance with it."
So I re-approached it, and brought it back to Marty. And said, "We really don't get opportunities like this very often. These things really don't come out of the studio system." And, thankfully, he agreed to do the film again. So here we are.
You spent a lot of time with the real-life Jordan. What do you think of him now? Are you sympathetic to him, or is he just a scumbag?
He was incredibly beneficial for me as an actor. I've been having conversations with him off and on for years. And you have to understand, he looks at this as an isolated period in his life, and he's been paying the price ever since. He's been doing everything he can to repay his debt to everybody that he ripped off. And he's since been trying to lead his life in a very respectable way.
But as a resource for me, he was incredibly beneficial. He would divulge the most embarrassing things about his life because he looks at it as a part of his past. Even times where we would start to have conversations, and where he'd start to veer off, he'd say, "Maybe we shouldn't portray that." And I'd go, "Look, You wrote this book, you know? You wrote this book about this time period in your life. And you did it for a reason. You did it to talk about what happened behind the doors of Wall Street, and the conversations that were going on, in an unregulated marketplace. You're making a statement here, so let's tell the truth."
And as soon as we had that conversation, he was like, "Alright. I'm an open book. I'm going to tell you not only what happened on that day, but I'm going to tell you something that's ten times worse.
A lot of times, I think, from Marty's perspective, he wanted to have some distance from him. Just to be able to have a perspective. So I was in a lot of ways, the middleman, who would bring a lot of information from what I heard from Jordan to Marty.
Would you say that you and Scorsese have a father and son relationship?
Ha! I can answer that just from my perspective. With "Gangs of New York," Id been wanting to work with that man for a long period of time. I remember my father taking me to see one of Marty's movies and saying, "If you have an opportunity and if you have a green light in this industry, there's one person you should work with. This man." So I sought out trying to work with him. And it culminated with "Gangs of New York." Since then, it's been this great relationship where we trusted each other more and more. And we've realized, we have a lot of similar sensibilities and types of movies that we want to do.
Can you talk about that sexual candle scene, where you would seem to be giving your all for your art?
My attitude about doing this movie is, we were trying to depict like a modern day Caligula and all the debauchery that comes with it. So, you detach yourself from your own individuality for the accurate portrayal of the character. And that's what we do. So all the stuff that came with it, it was a fun process because there were really no limits to what we could do.
Why is that the case?
Because Jordan's biography depicted stuff that we could have never imagined. And Terry captured it all from the novel.
You do an awful lot of cocaine snorting in this movie. What was it?
It's baby vitamins! Vitamin B! Yes. It certainly burned our noses. But we were energized for the day!