The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio by Dave

The Wolf of Wall street will be portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese, but the real star is Jordan Belfort. The filming is set for September of 2010 with an expected release date mid-2011, most likely in July according to Jordan- who I saw speak in Sydney in mid-May.

The Wolf of Wall Street book cover

The tale of the Wolf is epic! The film is based on the book The Wolf of Wall Street (ISBN 978-0-7336-2262-5) which is essentially an autobiography of Belfort’s life pre-incarceration. “I partied like a rock star and lived like a king” is the caption on the book cover. This is only outdone by the footer which claims “stock-market multimillionaire at 26, federal convict at 36″.

If you had any thought that the pages of this book sidestepped around Jordan’s mischief and cocaine-fueled criminal escapades, expel that filth from your mind immediately! This book gets down and dirty. A little too close for comfort is you ask me, but there is no doubt that it’s a thrilling ride. Proceed with caution, and don’t plan anything after purchase. You will not be able to put this one down!

If you think I’m here to sell you a book, you are dead wrong! I am excited about the upcoming film. Perhaps a little over excited, but trust me.. if you saw Belfort ‘perform’ as I did a few weeks ago, you too would be in a excited haze of anticipation.

DiCaprio and Scorsese

DiCaprio and Scorsese

Now whether you are morally opposed to the man or not- which for the record I was and am- you cannot deny he has a unique and empowering bravado. For those anti-empowerment, level-headed audience members out there, please substitute ‘highly-charged’ for ’empowering’, and read on. Belfort is undeniably a salesman. He would not seek to be cast out of this category. Rather he’d probably sweeten the deal by suggesting a more eloquent title such as “master of persuasion” or “business strategist”. Now whichever euphemism you are comfortable with, Belfort is as about as talented at rapport-building as any man alive.

Within moments from jogging up onto the stage to deliver financial motivation, and in the same opening address, he blatantly ridiculed the timid emcee who introduced him- from the company who marketed him no less- and established an instant expert aura without hesitation and to the great delight and admiration of the audience. The thought crossed my mind that he had undoubtedly delivered the same material hundreds of times before, but this didn’t matter. I was captivated.

Now what has this got to do with the film release? Well what does an orange have to do with orange juice? Let me say this: if Belfort can keep an audience spellbound for 3 hours without breaking a sweat, I have no doubt that the film, which is to be directed by Scorsese, will do the same- if not more. This I cannot wait for! The appetite will only be further whet by the release of the sequel to the original Wall Street film starring Michael Douglas later in 2010.

These are exciting times. Let’s hope the film lives up to expectations. At this stage it’s safe to say they are very high.

4.5 Film Reels

I will give this film 4.5 film reels out of a possible 5.

Of course, these are an indication of my expectations. Only time will tell, and if you are out there Martin Scorsese, bring your A-game!
There is a great interview by ABC’s Monica Attard when Jordan Belfort was in Sydney, Australia in August 2009. Check it out HERE!
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2 Comments on “The Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio by Dave”

  1. dailytools Says:

    Jordan Belfort’s first book “The Wolf of Wall Street” is very interesting. A memoir that reads like a dramatic friction. Will be interesting to watch Leonardo in this film.

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