Leonardo DiCaprio defends ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

The film has generated mix reviews and some of the critics have blamed Scorsese of glorifying the life story of Jordon.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Los Angeles | Published:January 3, 2014 2:21 pm

Leonardo DiCaprio has denied that his latest collaboration with Martin Scorsese in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is a glorification of a criminal but glamorous lifestyle.

The film has generated mix reviews and some of the critics have blamed Scorsese of glorifying the lifestory of Jordon Belfort,a Wall Street stockbroker who defrauded

investors with fraudulent stock sales.

However,in an interview to HitFix,producer and film’s star DiCaprio said their attempt was to create something that will endure and tell a cautionary story about modern time.

“I think that at least the attempt going into it was to try to do something really outside of the box and I think Marty (Scorsese) had the same approach… In that regard I feel very proud of this performance. I think we took a lot of chances,and no matter what people think of the movie,we swung for the fences on this one,” DiCaprio said.

“… I keep referencing ‘Caligula’ but you think about ‘Scarface’ films like that,I don’t know how people are going to react to it right off the bat,but I think as the years roll by people will appreciate what we were trying to do here.”

Responding to the controversy that the film celebrated Belfort’s hedonism,DiCaprio said that they were condoning such behaviour but without being judgemental.

“…the unique thing about Marty is that he doesn’t judge his characters. And that was something that you don’t quite understand while you’re making the movie,but he allows the freedom of this almost hypnotic,drug-infused,wild ride that these characters go on. And he allows you,as an audience guilty or not to enjoy in that ride without judging who these people are.

“I mean ultimately I think if anyone watches this movie,at the end of ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ they’re going to see that we’re not at all condoning this behavior. In fact we’re saying that this is something that is in our very culture and it needs to be looked at and it needs to be talked about,” he added.

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