The Wolf of Wall Street is getting a lot of shit lately for being pretty awful. Martin Scorsese has been getting harassed at screenings, critics have been writing some pretty scathing things… it’s not a good deal. I can’t speak too much on the movie either way because I haven’t seen it and have no interest in it, but word on the street is that it’s a really unrepentant glorification of Wall Street greed with zero consequences for the pigs who benefit by fucking other people over. Whether or not that holds any truth is neither here nor there, because Leonardo DiCaprio thinks you’re all missing the point.
“This film may be misunderstood by some; I hope people understand we’re not condoning this behavior, that we’re indicting it. The book was a cautionary tale and if you sit through the end of the film, you’ll realize what we’re saying about these people and this world, because it’s an intoxicating one. I think it’s amazing somebody like Martin Scorsese is still making films that are vital and talked about, and have an element of controversy about them and are appealing to people of my generation. We grew up watching his films and he’s still making stuff that’s punk rock. It’s an amazing achievement.”
Well… fair enough. However, I think it’s a shitty justification to say that because Martin Scorsese is a legend that he couldn’t possibly do any wrong. That’s great that you grew up watching his films, but that doesn’t preclude him from including problematic elements in his projects. That’s not really how things work.
As for the “cautionary tale” bit, eh, maybe so. I’m torn on the reaction, though – even if it doesn’t have a great message and punish the bad guys, or whatever, is it really worth getting that up in arms about a MOVIE when shit like that is happening in real life EVERY DAY? On the other hand, art is wonderful and it’s great people are so passionate about it, yada yada. Deep thoughts for New Year’s Day.
January 1, 2014 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
Leonardo DiCaprio is a great, underrated actor, so it should be no surprise that he likes to do his own “stunts”, and by stunts I mean his own sex scenes. While some have suggested that Leo got a body double in for the intimate parts of The Wolf of Wall Street, he wants you to know that’s not the case and in fact it’s his very own body you see “flopping around”. Try to hold back your vomit after reading that description.
From Extra TV:
DiCaprio revealed, “It was all me, pal… all the flopping around, everything, it was all me!” — including a sex scene involving a candle.
Leo added, “Look, when you do a character like this, you have to go all-out, we can’t pull any punches and you have to just swing for the fences, so hopefully people enjoy it.”
Swing for the fences? Is that a thing people say? Also, calling people “pal”? Has Leonardo DiCaprio turned into everyone’s grandad? I sorta love it. Still don’t love the idea of thinking of ANYONE “flopping around”, though. Not a great visual, pal.
What do you think the percentage is of stars using body doubles for sex scenes? I’ve not seen The Wolf of Wall Street, but I can’t imagine there’s any full frontal nudity, which is something I can see having someone stand in for. But how many stars even refuse to show ass or even bare back? I remember Sarah Jessica Parker used to insist on keeping her bra on in Sex and the City for her sex scenes, which I always found really hilarious.
December 17, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
Who knew Mark Wahlberg and Leonardo DiCaprio hated each other? I didn’t, but they did for a long time. Apparently this has been going on since 1995 when Mark got a part in The Basketball Diaries because Leo didn’t take him seriously as an actor or something. Don’t worry, though – they’re pals now!
From The Hollywood Reporter:
He started to dream big, but others found his aspirations laughable — not least Leonardo DiCaprio, who was openly hostile when it was suggested Wahlberg should appear opposite him in the 1995 drama The Basketball Diaries. “Leonardo was like, ‘Over my dead f—ing body. Marky Mark’s not going to be in this f—ing movie,’ ” says Wahlberg. “Because we’d had a thing — I didn’t even realize it, [but] I was a bit of a dick to him at a charity basketball game. So he was like, ‘This f—ing asshole is not going to be in this movie.’ ”
Thanks to the perseverance of casting director Avy Kaufman, DiCaprio reluctantly agreed to read with Wahlberg. “So I come in and I do the audition and I kind of look at him and he kind of looks at me, and then we do a scene, and they’re like, ‘Hmm, this f—ing dude’s pretty good, right?’ ” Wahlberg says, laughing. “The next thing you know, boom, we’re hanging out.”
I don’t mind Mark Wahlberg as an actor. I don’t think he’s anything special, but he’s a damn sight better at making movies than he was at making music. Also, I can totally see these two butting heads. Leo takes himself seriously as an actor and Mark just doesn’t seem to give a fuck, so that’s kind of a recipe for disaster.
December 15, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Some dude is trying to sell Leonardo DiCaprio‘s old Lexus for $20,000 when it’s probably worth half as much. It’s from 1999 and has 148,091 miles on it. But this dude, Brian thinks he can get that much because, according to TMZ,
the former service manager at the Beverly Hills dealership told him Gisele was a passenger in the car several times when Leo dropped it off for service.
So I guess he’s relying on gross Gisele fans to buy the car. He should really aim for the person spending millions to go to space with DiCaprio.
There’s a relevant Seinfeld for this:
November 28, 2013 at 5:30 pm by Catherine St. Ives
Never mind that it’s only August. Zimbio polled their readers and came up with the hottest 25 actors of 2013. Here’s who they are. Where do you stand? Do you agree or disagree? Number one was surprising to me, in the, “let pause and think, ‘…really?’” way. And can you guess who made the top 10 that also made the top 10 in the Ugliest Men list?
25. Alexander Skarsgard
24. Zac Efron
23. Chris Evans
22. Paul Walker
21. James Franco
20. Ben Affleck
19. Robert Downey Jr.
18. Leonardo DiCaprio
17. Jake Gyllenhaal
16. Liam Hemsworth
15. Ian Somerhalder
14. Orlando Bloom
13. George Clooney
12. Henry Cavill
11. Gerard Butler
10. Channing Tatum
9. Brad Pitt
8. Chris Hemsworth
7. Josh Duhamel
6. Johnny Depp
5. Bradley Cooper
4. Hugh Jackman
3. Ryan Reynolds
2. Ryan Gosling
1. Chris Pine
July 31, 2013 at 4:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Leonardo DiCaprio apparently slept with a whole slew of young models while he was hanging out in Cannes and frankly, I’m concerned, as this is totally unusual and unexpected behavior from Leonardo DiCaprio. I mean, think about it. Leonardo DiCaprio? With models? Having sex with them? It’s just so not him.
Here’s the latest in Leonardo DiCaprio Is Better Than You Are, So F-ck You news (from Star magazine via Celebitchy):
Leonardo DiCaprio has always had a penchant for leggy models, but the playboy actor outdid himself in Cannes, hooking up with SEVEN women!
“It’s incredible – even for him!” marvels a source. “They were all young gorgeous model types, just the kind of girl he likes. He doesn’t even have to try, they just follow him around.”
Leonardo skipped the Australian premiere of The Great Gatsby so he could stay in the south of France and party on his yacht during the film festival!
“Leo really knows how to throw a party… it was almost Gatsby-esque in how opulent it was. Everyone knows that if Leo’s throwing a party, it’s going to be a blast!”
I hope he used protection. The article then goes on to contradict itself and say that Mr. DiCaprio is “ready to settle down” and go the Bradley Cooper route by dating 20-year-old German model Toni Garrn.
What is the BIG DEAL over this guy? Titanic-era Leo I TOTALLY get, but after the ’90s he started to look like an overgrown baby. It’s like he has perpetual preteen face. I don’t get it.