Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese spoke to the New York Magazine about their upcoming film, The Wolf of Wall Street.
The film would have been produced a few years ago had Warner Brothers decided not to pass on it at the time. However, Dicaprio decided to approach Scorsese in 2012 when a spot opened up on both of their schedules. Without Red Granite Pictures stepping up to finance the film, it is highly doubtful that it sees the light of day.
“I told Marty, ‘I don’t think we’ll be able to do a movie like this too many times in the future,’ ” says DiCaprio. “Larger-scale, R-rated dramas, like Blood Diamond or The Departed, don’t really get financed anymore.”
DiCaprio talks about why he felt Scorsese was the right director for the job.
“Marty directing was Jordan’s dream scenario, absolutely,” says DiCaprio, who plays Belfort. “When Marty couldn’t do it the first time, I set it up with a few other directors, but I never felt comfortable pulling the trigger. I was fixated on him. There wasn’t anybody else who could bring the rawness and toughness, the music, and particularly the humor required to convey the excitement of these young punks—these robber barons—taking on the Wall Street system.”
Scorsese responds to possible comparisons between Belfort and GoodFellas‘ Henry Hill:
“The parallel between the Mafia and Wall Street works only to the extent that they’re all interested in making as much money as possible, as quickly as possible.”