The Wolf of Wall Street trailer was released last week, giving audiences a glimpse of what they can expect from the most recent collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. The movie is based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir “The Wolf of Wall Street” and if the book is any indication of the finished product of the film, it’s going to be several hours of DiCaprio as Belfort being impressed by his own success and reveling in being a terrible husband, father and colleague.
In the early 1990s Jordan Belfort became a real-life Gordon Gekko when he founded the brokerage firm, Stratton Oakmont, and was eventually arrested for securities fraud and money laundering. He was sentenced to federal prison and ordered to pay over $100 million in restitution to his investors. However, it’s what he did in the interim, when he was “The Wolf of Wall Street” that has made him notorious.
According to The Wolf of Wall Street trailer, Belmont made $49 million dollars when he was 26-years-old—a sum he found unappealing. The trailer shows DiCaprio partying, taping thousands and thousands of dollars to a woman’s body while being cheered on by friends, throwing thousands and thousands of dollars into a wastebasket, throwing money off a yacht, throwing cocktails in the bushes, throwing what appears to be a lobster at an FBI agent, showing off some incredibly awkward dance moves while in a tuxedo, beating his chest in tandem with Matthew McConaughey and tossing a dwarf at a mocked up target in his office. Yes, that’s right. Dwarf tossing.
It’s hard to imagine that a movie can get any wilder, but here’s hoping Scorsese included the real-life incident where Belfort, against the advice of the captain, crew and passengers of his yacht (formerly owned by Coco Chanel), sailed into a vicious storm, sinking the vessel off the coast of Sardinia and having to be rescued by the Italian Special Forces.
Regardless of the ridiculousness of The Wolf of Wall Street trailer, it boasts an all-star cast and it’s directed by Martin Scorsese. It would be hard to go wrong with those odds in its favor.