Watch: A Crazy Interview with the Inspiration for Leonardo DiCaprio's Character in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Watch: A Crazy Interview with the Inspiration for Leonardo DiCaprio's Character in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Jun 17, 2013

"I lived what I called 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Dysfunctional.' Which consisted of a massive drug addiction, not being faithful to my wife, cutting hundred million-dollar deals routinely, but not really having an ethical underpinning to the whole thing because it was just about making money. So I guess on some level you can say I was the world's most successful failure." -- Jordan Belfort

Much is already being said about the fantastic first trailer for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, which is based on the very real story of Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who in the 1990s used millions upon millions of dollars to manipulate the stock market and run a "boiler room" that employed over 1,000 stockbrokers. Prior to The Wolf of Wall Street, Belfort's firm, Stratton Oakmont, also served as an inspiration for the 2000 film Boiler Room.

Here's a 2011 interview with Belfort, who wrote about his life in a book called The Wolf of Wall Street, which served as the direct inspiration for Scorsese's movie. Watch as Belfort talks in great detail about just how crazy his life was, complete with a raging drug addiction, midget tossing and boat accidents. Much of what he talks about here will be in The Wolf of Wall Street (November 15), so if you're not familiar with Belfort or his story and want to remain spoiler free, then this isn't the best thing to watch.

But if you're curious about the real man behind what could be another Oscar nod for Leonardo DiCaprio, then check this out. Next to The Wolf of Wall Street trailer, it might be the second most entertaining thing you watch today.


 

 

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