Oscars: Leo DiCaprio Calls ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ A ‘Memoir,’ Is Kind of A Hypocrite

Oscars: Leo DiCaprio Calls 'Wolf of Wall Street' A 'Memoir,' Is Kind of A Hypocrite

DiCaprio is now acting as though Jordan Belfort's memoir is a fictional tale

In just six months, Leonardo DiCaprio has invented a new brand of book: the honest novel. Fact is now fiction, except when it's not. On the red carpet Sunday at the Academy Awards, DiCaprio described his obsession with a novel called “The Wolf of Wall Street,” the book on which the Oscar-nominated film is based.

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That book is a memoir, one former Wall Street trader Jordan Belfort wrote about the financial malfeasance, philandering and excessive drug use that defined his own life. Those who have read the book note the film is a faithful adaptation, though with some of the narrative flourishes that any movie would take.

DiCaprio's evolving definition of Belfort's own story is born out of necessity. It is a response to the backlash the movie incurred upon its arrival in theaters. As viewers began to watch DiCaprio's impersonation of Belfort – in particular his unbridled greed and aggressive use of cocaine in savory places – they began to complain about the message this movie spread.

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It encourages greed. It encourages womanizing. And so on.

So DiCaprio, co-star Jonah Hill and others began to explain the movie was not condoning this behavior. It was just offering a glimpse into a world of debauchery and impropriety, a lesson in an age where Wall Street has fallen out of favor. It is a fictionalized account of what happened, just one way of telling a story told by so many others.

Now DiCaprio wants to extend that fiction label to the book. There's just one problem. Here is what DiCaprio said about the book last August:

“What separates Jordan's story from others is the brutal honesty with which he talks about the mistakes he's made in his life.”

There you have it, “The Wolf of Wall Street” is an honest novel. Maybe that's what “A Million Little Pieces” is too.

  • You idiot

    What are you talking about you fucking spastic? Poor journalism. So poor.

  • Mike

    30 seconds of my life wasted on reading this crap. I support the comment below me.


    Leo the best

  • Jdawg Laurence

    Wow a twisting of words if I've ever seen it. What a horrible, useless article. Quit journalism and try for McDonalds, Mr. Shaw, you may have more success there.

  • Ash Cartwright

    The Wolf of Wall Street film condones that lifestyle about as much as Breaking Bad condones the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Both stories show the spiralling plunge into villainy that Jordan Belfort and Walter White share, where people get confused is the fact that The Wolf of Wall Street is a comedy, or more specifically, a satire. This fact highlights how people are so frighteningly NOT flexible with their understanding of humour and how they take things too seriously. The reason The Wolf Of Wall Street is “controversial” is because so many people are unable to laugh at what's funny if it is something they are told is bad.

    • chisaii

      Yes, but there is another category of people – People that see that there are funny elements to WOWW, (when they are in the conference room talking about the “dartboard” dos and don'ts). But its still not a great movie even though it wasn't offensive to me.

      This movie was created by the same people that collaborated on really good movies (Departed, Shutter Island), and have done excellent work outside of those two movies (Casino, GoodFellas, Django, etc). but this was long winded and lackluster. The source material was not good and the backlash makes sense to me, as does his distancing himself from the source material now. And not 3 months ago.

      Not worth being nominated.

    • James_Blair

      How can it possibly be satire? Its a faithful adaptation of what Jordan Belfort claims is his life story. Given that the writer went all out to do an absolutely faithful adaptation of the book, where is the satire?
      I mean the film is funny but I'm not sure it was intentional. Its funny like “scarface” (1980s) is funny or “Wall Street” is funny. Everything is so over the top that it becomes self-parody or self-satire.

  • ThinkBeforeYouWrite

    You are an idiot, that is not what he was referring to

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  • chisaii

    Whatever you do, Lucas, don't criticize Mr. DiCaprio….even if you are right. His fans won't stand for it. :)

  • James_Blair

    Wolf of Wall Street is basically Jordan Belfort bragging about what a stud he was for a few hours. Its like watching Goodfellas if Henry Hill had written the script himself. Its all brag and lie from beginning to end.

    Watching the film is like listening to the dirtball at the dive bar tell stories about great his life was. He talks about his hookers. He tells funny stories about being high. He tells stories about the great sex he had. He makes his miserable stupid life sound like a whole lot more than it is. But listening to it, you know its all lies.

    The film isn't about wall street or greed or finance or any of that stuff. Its about preaching the coke/pillhead/hooker lifestyle and making a third-rate long island boiler room con man into something a whole lot bigger than he ever way.

  • Leo dicaprio

    This is terrible journalism, you should be fired.