This Dec. 15, 2013 photo shows American actor Leonardo DiCaprio, left, with American film director Martin Scorsese in New York. DiCaprio stars in the Scorsese film, “The Wolves of Wall Street.” (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK (AP) — “Anything goes” was the guiding ethos for Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio in making their extravagant dark comedy of Wall Street excess, “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
“We would look at each other and ask, ‘Are we going too far?’” says DiCaprio. Rarely was the answer “yes.”
The two longtime collaborators pushed the based-on-a-true-story tale to the limits of outrageousness, decency and MPAA approval. With pinstripe suits instead of togas, it’s their “Satyricon,” their “Caligula”: a nearly three-hour-long orgy of money, sex and drugs.
The partnership between the 71-year-old Scorsese and DiCaprio, 39, has now stretched over five films and more than a dozen years. They’ve together been able to carve out a space for the kind of daring Hollywood typically shuns. “Anything goes” is far from the mantra of today’s movie business.
“I don’t think people really quite understand how unique this movie is,” says DiCaprio, while Scorsese, sitting next to him, nods. “No matter what they think of the movie, you do not see films like this happening.”
Scorsese and DiCaprio recently sat down for a joint interview to discuss their latest film, which opens on Christmas Day. On the surface, they exude the dynamic of master and pupil. But they’re on more equal footing, bonded by a desire to make movies like those from the ’70s that DiCaprio grew up admiring and Scorsese actually made. In the Login to read more