Conan O'Brien spoke with Martin Scorsese recently, getting right to the important questions regarding the director’s controversial new film The Wolf of Wall Street. No, it wasn’t about the Oscars or the exchange of open letters between Christina McDowell and Tom Prousalis (who worked closely with the real-life Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio). It was about… drugs.
As you’ll see in this video, O’Brien asks the director about the “expert” who instructed DiCaprio about how to behave on Quaaludes. Most film nerds know that Scorsese struggled with drug use early in his career, and the director jokes that he had a little of his own experience to help inform his leading star. Apparently Scorsese was legally prescribed Quaaludes for his fear of flying, which he tells us inspires hugs and a lot of crying. Fun!
Oh Matthew McConaughey, how do we love thee? Let us watch this video of you discussing the charming/creepy humming technique you used in The Wolf of Wall Street and discuss. The actor stopped by the Graham Norton Show to chat about his part as Jordan Belfort’s (Leonardo DiCaprio) cocaine-loving, sex-crazed boss, Mark Hanna, during the early days of the convicted stock market manipulator’s career. Apparently MM hums before his scenes to relax himself and get his voice to “drop.” Costar Leo heard him doing it before one take and suggested they keep it in the film. Love.
At Press Play, Nelson Carvajal and Max Winter offer a different perspective when it comes to Martin Scorsese and the women in his films. The director has been taken to task for what many feel is a sexist and limiting portrayal of women before. His focus on male hierarchies leaves little room for a complete picture when it comes to the lives of his female characters, despite the vivid strokes he paints them with. But Scorsese has argued against this repeatedly.
“Who says a feminist movie has to be about women?” he said to Roger Ebert in 1976. He pointed to Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and Taxi Driver as examples. Regarding the story about an unhinged cabbie, the director stated it was feminist, because “it takes macho to its logical conclusion." He explained: "The better man is the man who can kill you. This one shows that kind of thinking, shows the kinds of problems some men have, bouncing back and forth between the goddesses and whores.” The Playlist makes the case that even though Scorsese’s movies take place in male-dominated worlds, the director is showing us that world “to reflect women's views of it.” See if you agree after watching the below video essay.
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