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Martin Scorsese Says Deleted Scenes From 'Wolf Of Wall Street' May Be Seen, 4-Hour Cut Was Just First Assembly

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 6, 2014 1:54 PM
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Martin Scorsese doesn't do director's cuts. And you're not going get deleted scenes out of him too often either. While editor Thelma Schoonmaker revealed last month that the idea of releasing a 2-part, 4-hour version of "The Wolf Of Wall Street" was bandied about, that "version" will likely never see the light of day. As far as Scorsese is concerned, while there has been much chatter around that cut, for him it was just the first step of making any movie and it's not his definitive vision.

The filmmaker recently chatted with Gold Derby about the movie, and when asked about the longer cut, Scorsese did tease that we might get to see some of that cutting room floor material. But he cautions anyone thinking that the 4-hour cut was anything more than just an assembly. "Well, I think there are some scenes we could make available, so to speak," he said. "Quite honestly, the four-hour version was just the first cut. I mean, 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore'...that was a three-hour, fifteen minute cut, the first cut, [but] the film is an hour and forty five. So it's part of a filmmaking process. I don't think there's any major scene that I dropped. We did do some wonderful improvisations and some very funny moments we had to whittle down so to speak, and I do miss a few of those."

So, what were the big difference between the 3 and 4-hour versions? When it comes down to it: rhythm. "But invariably, what happened from the four hour to the three hour version, is that finally I got the pace I wanted to. I finally got it going. I finally pushed and pushed and pushed and put the energy straight through the picture, and so it made it tighter," Scorsese said, adding that if that meant making a two-hour movie, he would've done that.

Food for thought for those clamoring for more, more, more from a picture that certainly goes to the extreme of excess thematically and narratively. Check out the interview below, followed by a 12-minute conversation with Scorsese, Schoonmaker, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie, writer Terence Winter, costume designer Sandy Powell and casting director Ellen Lewis. And lastly, a 30-minute one-on-one interview with the Scorsese.

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  • matt | April 14, 2014 3:18 AMReply

    omg i watched thi today and i loved it i love leonardo it allway seems kike he is geting intrubel with fbi like catch me if u can and he likes beung in long movues like this one and titanic and more any way lets alo mae the second one

  • PK Hunter | January 21, 2014 10:09 AMReply

    The final movie we saw in theatres could have been cut by 1.5 hours and been the richer for it. Self indulgent tripe.

  • IT OUT UP | January 13, 2014 8:01 AMReply

    How long are we supposed to pretend Scorsese's NOT stale?

    How many times are we supposed to watch snorting coke
    from mirrors, 'pour know' and warmed over Oliver Stone 'decadence'
    ----and think we're seeing art? --receiving a culture?

  • Chin | January 7, 2014 1:07 PMReply

    What's really weird is they seem to be outsourcing PR work to foreign countries where the grasp on American phrasing and grammar is awkward to say the least.

  • CHIN | January 7, 2014 1:51 PM

    Sounds like advice to the American people for their bitterness towards people like Jordan Belfort. How about just not see the movie, instead?

  • JOyfull!!! | January 7, 2014 1:24 PM

    Chin, here you are again. You are not shakespeare. But you probably wish you were an english teacher. And the other comments are clear. You're awkward yourself. This movies was incredibly well made. I enjoyed it, my friends did as well. everybody talks a different way. Not everybody is like you. Put a smile on your face, walk the dog, go get a tan, talk to the trees, call your grandma, maybe you'll become less bitter after that. good luck to you.

  • Fragile | January 7, 2014 12:37 PMReply

    He's the best!!! Love his work!!!

  • sky | January 7, 2014 12:33 PMReply

    Just saw the movie!!!!!
    Man that guy Jordan is really intense, thank god I don't relate to his values.
    But the movie was really cool, really well shot. Now I know I can write my script like I want to. I dislike how they teach you how to write a typical script, it's so boring, at least here they try something different;

  • chinnychinchin | January 7, 2014 10:55 AMReply

    God, 3 embarrassing PR trolls in a row! I guess subtlety was never their strong suit. The more Scorsese is worshipped, the more critical I am toward him. At this point, he's more that "cute little old man at the Oscars" than an actual filmmaker.

  • darling | January 7, 2014 1:17 PM

    Chin, you are a true idiot. If you don't like this movie, go away. don't comment. comment on things you love. cheers

  • Chin | January 7, 2014 1:05 PM

    3 more

  • 5 | January 7, 2014 12:36 PM

    I think it's part of the game, people like you chinny chin whatever your name is get really jealous of other people's work. I experienced that in acting school, some people can't stand talent.

  • some say | January 7, 2014 12:28 PM

    And who are you? I study scorsese movies at film school, where can we see your work?

  • Watching | January 7, 2014 12:21 PM

    I'm a fan of his, and I have nothing to do with the movie world. But what you said:" The more Scorsese is worshipped, the more critical I am toward him" just shows your envy and jealousy towards him. I loved the movie and you have to accept that some people love his work. People have different tastes. I love it, you don't. That's life. When I love something I express it. Just like when you enjoy a piece of music and you want to share it. And You don't need to know who did it personnaly to enjoy it.

  • Bud | January 7, 2014 1:16 AMReply

    Scorsese is the ultimate dude! No wonder he grew up in the 60s and 70s, he's got that styyyyle!
    And he's funny!

  • walking | January 7, 2014 12:27 PM

    I'd rather be a film maker from those days than today.

  • Choice | January 7, 2014 12:22 PM

    Loved Taxi driver and Raging bull a lot. Loved the wolf but the other two were amazing.

  • L | January 7, 2014 1:13 AMReply

    Yeahhh! Love how he's a free spirit! He's got very good things to say about this movie. He's not a follower. The movies he has done are impressive. And it reassures me to know that there are film makers like him out there who deeply care about that art. His journey must have been hard but he was able to make movies with impact, that will be part of history.

  • Feel | January 7, 2014 12:24 PM

    Goodfellas is the best! Keep on making movies Martin!!!!

  • Sicii | January 7, 2014 1:08 AMReply

    I read a letter he wrote for his daughter. (open letter) It's so sweet! Beautifully written! So happy Scorsese exists! Nourishing what we have inside us and preventing other people to destroy it. You really do have to express how you see things, how you feel. Any kind of new machine and new technology will not give you eyes, you've got to have a particular way of looking at things to communicate them.

  • Saturday | January 7, 2014 12:24 PM

    Where can I read it?

  • Joe Keener | January 6, 2014 2:19 PMReply

    A scene was whittled down? You mean there were scenes that went on three times too long instead of just two times too long? The mind boggles.

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