“There was a major prostitution ring on my street corner, crime, and violence everywhere. It really was like (the movie) Taxi Driver in a lot of ways.”
In the interview with the Los Angeles Times, DiCaprio defended his role as Belfort. The Martin Scorcese film — the pair’s fifth collaboration — received five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor for Leo. However, there are mixed reactions as some critics have called out DiCaprio for his amoral portrayal of a corrupt life filled with sex, drugs and, of course, lots of money.
Leonardo diCaprio remembers the feel of his new school surroundings:
“It was like this little Garden of Eden. There was a park and kids were playing in the sunshine and everything was multicultural, everything was peaceful, every religion and race and attitude was respected equally. And if I went to play with my friends, I would drive to Beverly Hills and go in their backyard and there’d be a waterfall there. I mean, a waterfall! In the backyard? What the…”In the wake of the tragic death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday, the actor’s comments about doing drugs take on a different meaning:
“Never done it. That’s because I saw this stuff literally every day when I was 3 or 4 years old. So Hollywood was a walk in the park for me (…) I’d go to parties and it was there and, yeah, there’s that temptation. Hollywood is a very volatile place where artists come in and they essentially say they want to belong. It’s incredibly vulnerable to be an actor and also get criticism at a young age when you’re formulating who you are. We’ve seen a lot of people fall victim to that, and it’s very unfortunate.”The Wolff Of Wall Street stars Leonardo diCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, and Margot Robbie.
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