'Wolf of Wall Street' Video Round-Up: Scorsese Defends Film & More
by Ethan Anderton
January 8, 2014
Ever since The Wolf of Wall Street hit theaters on Christmas Day, there's been tons of buzz about the film on the awards circuit, and also some controversy stirring around the way director Martin Scorsese depicts the outlandish behavior of Wall Street criminal Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. Many seem to think that Scorsese is glorifying the behavior of Belfort and his immoral colleagues, when in fact, he merely wants to show that this kind of behavior has and is still happening, and let the sheer ridiculousness speak for itself. In defense of the film while discussing the controversy with Gold Derby, Scorsese calls the film "obscene and profane," but that's the point. Hear what he says, and more, below!
But that's not all. The director (who just landed a nomination for the Directors Guild Awards, but received no love in the BAFTA nominations) also sat down for an extensive conversation with DP/30 (via The Film Stage), talking about the hopefully Oscar-bound film, his perception of himself, his motivations (and occasional lack thereof) to make films, the critics, and much more in a great 35-minute chat. Here you go:
And finally, for a bit of fun, Jimmy Kimmel (via Movies.com) let Guillermo interview Scorsese for his special series "Uno on Uno." But of course, Guillermo doesn't seem to know much about The Wolf of Wall Street:
The Wolf of Wall Street is directed by legendary Academy Award winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese, of everything from Taxi Driver to Raging Bull to Cape Fear to Goodfellas to Casino to Aviator to Departed to Shutter Island and Hugo recently. The screenplay is written by Terence Winter (Get Rich or Die Tryin', Brooklyn Rules, "The Sopranos", "Boardwalk Empire"), based on Jordan Belfort's book of the same name. The film also stars Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie, Jon Favreau, Kyle Chandler, Shea Whigham & Jean Dujardin. Paramount opened The Wolf of Wall Street on Christmas Day. Go see it now!