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The Real Wolf of Wall Street Jordan Belfort: Coke Binges Had Me 'Sweating' (Video)

The real-life version of the big screen Leonardo DiCaprio character says he's different from Gordon Gekko

The real “Wolf of Wall Street” Jordan Belfort joined CNN's Piers Morgan on Monday where he answered charges that the films glamorizes critical behavior.

Morgan noted that Belfort, who stole millions of dollars from investors in sham deals, modeled his career on Gordon Gekko from 1987 film “Wall Street,” and asked if the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio will inspire a new generation of ethically flexible financial whiz kids.

“There is a danger that all this movie will do is create a load of the old Jordan Belforts … who even you admit was a pretty bad guy,” the host said.

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“There's a fundamental difference between the Gordan Gekko character and myself,” Belfort replied. ”Number one, Gordan Gekko was a fictionalized character and [viewers] never really saw his downfall … You don't find out until ‘Wall Street 2' what happened to Gordon Gekko. In ['Wolf of Wall Street'] it's pretty clear that I lost everything — and also my story is known throughout the world that I ended up in jail and that it was a disaster personally, professionally.”

He went on to argue that his rise to riches had some positive lessons too, beyond just teaching viewers about the glories of snorting cocaine off a hooker's butt.

“There's a lot of great things to glean from the movie,” Belfort said. “Hopefully when people see this they can say, ‘There are some things in there that, wow, really are inspiring': starting from nothing, the stuff with selling and motivation. I think that does inspire, I think it should move people but they need to get it in the context that if you're not doing it with ethics and integrity it’s a disaster for yourself and everyone around you.”

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Belfort said that he spent more than 100 hours with DiCaprio, helping him prepare for the role. “One thing I don't think people realize about Leo is … he strives for it — he works really, really hard,” Belfort told Morgan.

“You don't realize how much he's looking at you, because when I saw it on screen I was like, ‘Oh my God,’ he continued. “It was mind-boggling to see,”

Belfort added that he was “speechless” when he first saw the film.

“I felt myself sweating at certain points, when some of the cocaine was being snorted — I got all these sympathetic reactions to it,” he told Morgan.

Watch the clips:

  • utazdevl

    I'd have a lot easier time seeing Wolf as a “cautionary tale” if Belfort weren't suddenly thrusting himself into the public eye, grabbing attention for himself wherever he can. It all starts to look like “Hey, all the money, sex and drugs you could imagine for years in exchange for 36 months in a cush low security prison (though the film says 22, I think), followed by a movie about your life starring the biggest actor on the planet and directed by a film legend doesn't seem like such a bad deal”.

  • Trish Chasity

    Question is why can't women rise to the top as crazy as that w/o the drugs and sex involved? boggles my mind. I like the idea of GREED IS GOOD. As a woman I should be able to make it happen just like a man does on Wall Street