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Leonardo DiCaprio Talks His Work With Martin Scorsese, Says He Wants More Movies Like 'Wolf Of Wall Street' & More

by Alex Suskind
February 14, 2014 11:02 AM
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The Wolf Of Wall Street

“It’s hard for me to quite articulate or put into words everything that I’ve learned from him,” said DiCaprio. “These key moments, they’re hard to even reflect on because you sort of have to take a breather and look back and realize how much you’ve actually learned. I’ve grown tremendously as an actor just to be in those moments with him, where he’s giving me the right guidance.”

DiCaprio believes that that guidance has culminated in "The Wolf of Wall Street," a film that needed a high level of trust between its director and actors in order to achieve what it was going for. (For anyone unfamiliar with the film’s contents, it features the type of sex and drug use usually relegated to soft-core pornos.) Without it, the film would have crumbled. Instead, Scorsese created something cohesive––which is one of the reasons DiCaprio, along with countless other actors, love working with him. He creates a singular, overarching vision, one that may have reached its apex on 'Wolf.'

“I have never seen a group of actors work together so beautifully,” Schoonmaker said. “They all loved doing their parts, and they all worked together as a unit, and they were all willing to take on these slightly dubious roles and make the most of them.”

The Wolf Of Wall Street, DiCaprio, Scorsese

For DiCaprio, being able to contribute to Scorsese’s vision for the last 12 years has been a dream come true for him, particularly since he grew up with a generation of actors who worshipped films like "Taxi Driver" and "Mean Streets." While the two aren’t currently scheduled to make a new film, just give it time: one will likely come along sooner or later. After all, DiCaprio is still 39 years old. He has a long career ahead of him, particularly if he continues to treat it like he’s just arrived.

“I always feel like a kid in this industry,” DiCaprio said. “I always feel like, OK I got my foot in the door, now I am going to run with this opportunity and do everything I possibly can to make as many movies that I feel like aren’t getting made or try to develop roles that are a little outside the studio system.”

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  • Aga | February 16, 2014 11:09 AMReply

    Leo is Brilliant in many movies especially the last 5! I loved this movie. it was done with so much passion. I'm not sure who else could have done this role better? I never watch movies twice but this one I've enjoyed too much not to.

  • Cardof | February 15, 2014 6:05 PMReply

    Sexist trash. Regardless of Martys intetions undeinalably teenage boys will worship Belfort, creating another cycle of sexism.

  • M | February 14, 2014 5:41 PMReply

    "I have been doing a lot of press for the film and speaking openly about it because I want more films like this to be able to get made."
    BULLSHIT, it is the Oscar that you want, obviously. It's okay to campaign hard for it just don't justify it with some bullshit.

  • leothelion | February 15, 2014 10:12 AM

    Agreed. The reason Dicaprio would've developed this project and worked so hard to see it get made is because he sees an opportunity for him to shine in a role. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that he's a passionate environmentalist, but I won't concede to him that it's important that Jordan Belfort's story be told. He champions this movie as if it was a PBS documentary film meant to inform and educate the public. Belfort was a scumbag, and he was just the type of colorful character that provides Dicaprio the opportunity to shine in a charismatic role even if he and the cast had to degrade themselves to the level of subhuman slime to make this film. I would rather hear Dicaprio talk about the challenges of playing the role rather than listen to him insist that it was important that this film and others like it be made. No public service is being performed in making a film like this, so I wish he'd drop the pretense.

  • Jennifer | February 14, 2014 12:08 PMReply


  • jane | February 16, 2014 4:59 AM

    What a load of tosh !!! It's no good pretending this sort of thing did not happen, it is what it is !!! DiCaprio is a naturally talented actor, he doesn't need to make himself look good, because he is. I've not heard one person say it wasn't entertaining, and thats what the cinema is ! Don't go if your going to get all morral. That's Entertainment !!

  • Kim | February 14, 2014 8:49 PM

    Don't take it personal folks but, I've seen just about all of his films including this one, and I agree with Jennifer. In MY opinion, he's good but, overrated.

  • j | February 14, 2014 4:51 PM

    Big time ..your talking bout leo right ? i think the film and leo are overrated .Good for him that he's sticking by something he believes in .At the end of the day the this particular film wasn't all that great .It wasn't even the sex and drugs it was just the quality .Or lack there of ,the movie just didn't go anywhere .Not one of scorseses shining moments that's for sure .

  • STEWART | February 14, 2014 2:06 PM

    The best actor of his generation and most people, including Dr Niro and Pacino have said as much. So does his filmography, the critics, the audiences and anyone with a brain.

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