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#hmvDecades: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About… The Wolf Of Wall Street
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#hmvDecades: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About… The Wolf Of Wall Street

Only released at the beginning of 2014, Martin Scorsese’s epic tale of debauchery is already a bona-fide classic. The film is a dramatisation of the rise and spectacular fall of financier Jordan Belfort, who swindled investors out of over $200 million and oversaw a regime of drug-fuelled hedonism at his firm Stratton Oakmont.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort with a stellar supporting cast that includes Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Kyle Chandler and Matthew McConaughey, the film was a smash-hit at the box office and was nominated for five Oscars. It remains an absolute must-watch and is now on offer as part of hmv’s Decades. So, to celebrate, we thought we’d revisit and present 10 things you didn’t know about The Wolf Of Wall Street…

 

Cocaine is actually Vitamin B…

If you’ve seen the movie you’ll know that there’s a lot of cocaine involved and the actors needed something to snort. It was settled on that the actors would snort crushed vitamin B tablets which, suitably, is great for reducing tiredness and improving energy levels...

 

The chest beating scene? That was improvised…

Matthew McConaughey’s tiny appearance in the movie is the iconic chest beating scene where his character Mark Hanna schools a young and green Jordan Belfort in the art of swindling, but that was never in the script. McConaughey improvised that scene and Scorsese liked it so much he kept it in. That awkward look you see from DiCaprio, that’s him looking at the director to see if he’s going to yell cut...

 

Making love on a pile of money can be painful...

There’s a moment in the movie where Robbie and DiCaprio’s characters make love on a bed covered in dollar bills, a moment of pure decadence and fantasy, but, as it turns out, quite a painful one for Robbie. Speaking after the film’s release, she revealed that the pile of fake dollar bills all had very sharp edges and left her with lots of tiny cuts on her back. Ouch...

 

Robbie's role was highly sought after…

Robbie was a relative unknown when she scored the part of Naomi Belfort in the movie, but that didn’t mean she didn’t face some serious competition for the role. Scorsese considered offering the part to Blake Lively and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley while both Teresa Palmer and Amber Heard also auditioned before he settled on Robbie.

 

Julie Andrews was almost cast as Aunt Emma...

The Sound Of Music actress was seriously considered to play the role of Naomi’s eccentric British Aunt Emma, but eventually producers decided on Joanna Lumley.

 

Leonardo DiCaprio’s salary was 417 times bigger than Jonah Hill’s…

DiCaprio pocketed a reported $25 million for his role as Jordan Belfort, a cool quarter of the film’s budget, whereas Jonah Hill only picked up $60,000 for his role. He took a massive pay cut because he wanted to be in the film so much…

 

Ridley Scott was almost behind the camera…

It took a long time for Belfort’s memoir to make it to the big screen, it went through a number of studios and producers before eventually striking it right. Scorsese was interested throughout the process, but there was a period where he was committed to other projects and Ridley Scott was approached to take over. While we’re sure Scott would have done a good job, it’s hard to imagine this movie in the hands of anyone but Scorsese.

 

The word f**k is uttered a lot. A hell of a lot…

569 times to be exact. This film was never going to be anything other than an 18.

 

And the film is banned in a few countries…

Four to be exact. Malaysia, Nepal, Zimbabwe, and Kenya. Due to explicit sexual content. There is quite a lot of that...

 

It’s an epic watch, but it could have been even longer…

The movie’s running time is already a hefty 180 minutes, but that was only after Scorsese massively scaled down the time in the editing process, the original cut was a whopping 240 minutes. That’s four hours!

 

The Wolf Of Wall Street is available in-store and online as part of hmv’s decades promotion. Click here to see the full range of titles available.

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