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WATCH: THR's 'Wolf of Wall Street' Round Table with Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Terence Winter

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! December 29, 2013 at 2:11PM

In a video round table, director Martin Scorsese, writer Terence Winter and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about their new film "The Wolf of Wall Street," which DiCaprio calls a "modern day 'Caligula.'"
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Wolf of Wall Street

On Sunday, PBS SoCal aired The Hollywood Reporter's round table discussion with the major players of "The Wolf of Wall Street." In the video, director Martin Scorsese, writer Terence Winter and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill open up to THR executive features editor Stephen Galloway about the controversial new film, an adaptation of drug-addled stock market schemer Jordan Belfort's 2007 memoir, which DiCaprio calls a "modern day 'Caligula.'"

Highlights and video below. Our review of the film is here.

On the difficulties of getting the film made:

DICAPRIO: You know, it's a hard R rating. This film was not easily financed. We had one opportunity to finance it [at a much lower budget], and then many, many years down the line, we found the right financiers... Ultimately, that was attractive to Marty getting back on board because I had gone down the road looking for other filmmakers, but I didn't think there was anybody that could quite capture the dark, sadistic humor in Terry's screenplay.

On the power of film:

SCORSESE: Can a film really change anything? I mean, what was the last time? Maybe the Italian neo-realists, where they became the voice and the heart and the soul of Italy, a nation that had been destroyed. I don't know. But, like anything else -- a book or painting or music -- if it stays with you, if it's part of the culture, maybe it can make some headway.

On the infamous quaaludes scene:

HILL: Leo and Marty really built that scene as an end of my character's screw-up journey. You guys had the brilliant idea to make taking the Lemmons really to numb Jordan to the information that I screwed up.

SCORSESE: Leo hurt his back on the telephone when he was talking and fell backwards on a rig that we worked out.

DICAPRIO: It was a few days of crawling around like that. You contort your body and...

SCORSESE: You hurt yourself. What he did was almost like Jacques Tati or Jerry Lewis in that scene. How you gonna do it? You can't just be talking on the phone, because you can't form the words because of the drugs.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.