Apparently Scoreseseâ€™s Wolf of Wall Street has not been well received by everyone. Thatâ€™s ok, unless you are trying to win an Academy award and your movie pisses off a member of the Academy.
During the official AMPAS screening of his film, a member was reportedly outraged and confronted both Scoresese and Di Caprio as they emerged from an elevator on their way to a post movie Q&A. The encounter was captured on the facbook page of 75 year old actress Hope Holiday. She wrote,
â€œ[L]ast night was torture at the Academy â€” â€˜The Wolf Of Wall Streetâ€™ â€“ three hours of torture â€“ same disgusting crap over and over again â€“ after the film they had a discussion which a lot of us did not stay for â€“ the elevator doors opened and Leonardo D. Martin S. and a few others got out then a screen writer ran over to them and started screaming â€“ shame on you â€“ disgusting â€“â€¨â€¨â€
A rep for Paramount Pictures says that Holidayâ€™s description is exaggerated. The rep said that a negative comment was made but there was no such screaming involved.
The film is about Jordan Belfort and if you have read the book or know of Belfort then you know that he had an epic drug addiction, made an insane amount of money on Wall Street and with drugs and money usually comes crime, sex and more deviant behavior; all of which is in Scoreseseâ€™s wheelhouse. Scoresese himself knows that the movie is not for everyone. During an interview with The Wrap he says, [more…]
â€œIt’s brutal. I’ve seen it with audiences, and I think it plays. I don’t know if it will be to everyone’s taste – I don’t think it will. It’s not made for 14 year olds.”
THE GOOD NEWS
The good news is that this does not automatically mean that he is out of the running. In 1995 during the AMPAS screening of Casino someone stoop up in the middle of the film and yelled â€œDisgusting! Pornography! Crap!â€ at the screen. Casino was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar and won a Golden Globe for Sharon Stone and Scorsese was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Director. That movie is a certified classic.
The turnout for â€œThe Wolfâ€ screening was said to be good and there was some applause, both good signs for the Scoroses – Dicaprio combo. I would like to say that both donâ€™t care about awards at this point in their careerâ€¦.but even if itâ€™s a little Iâ€™m sure they do.
With a Christmas release, the filmâ€™s Box office success will depend largely on audience feedback. As a fan of the book, of Jordan Belfort, Scorsese, Dicaprio and Jonah Hill, I will be there on Christmas day![mashshare]