'Wolf of Wall Street' Cut to 2 Hours 59 Minutes to Avoid NC-17 Rating
If you haven't heard by now, Martin Scorsese's delayed Christmas release of The Wolf of Wall Street has clocked in with a running time of 2 hours and 59 minutes (53 minutes if you don't count the credits), making it his longest film yet by one minute (Casino is 2 hours and 58 minutes). In addition to confirming the running time, THR also has word on just what was cut from the film to reach that goal, and it also just happened to save the film from getting an NC-17 rating. The film originally had much more nudity and explicit sex, but some of that has been cut to secure an R-rating, though we're not sure what specifically.
Obviously Paramount Pictures was never going to release an NC-17 version of the film, but we're just bummed that we'll likely never see this original cut that Scorsese put together. And since the director has never released a director's cut of any of his past films, even when films of Gangs of New York have infamously longer original cuts, we're betting not even a home video release will replace the scenes. Anyway, we're just happy that the film is arriving on Christmas Day, and we'll get nearly three hours of Martin Scorsese goodness with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey and more.