“What I love about this movie… what this movie did is tell a story about class in America, tell a story about the disenfranchised, tell the story about a woman who was not embraced for her individuality, tell a story about truth and the perception of truth in the media and truths we all tell ourselves…. It’s an extraordinary movie and I’m so proud of it.” – Allison Janney
My friend Priscilla (no last names) called herself the ‘freek’n american dream’. Her grandmother had traversed across from the east-coast to California in a stage-coach and bought a ton of land what is now Laguna, or her grandmothers land. When Priscilla’s mother died, Priscilla had been left a bit of money, not much in Wall Street terms but $50 million is $50 million. I got a call from Priscilla if I would introduce her to someone on Wall Street. Taking Priscilla to meet a hot-shot on Wall street was like taking (red riding hood to meet the wolf). The meeting was set for 10;30 am., Priscilla was smartly dressed and looked a lot like Margot Robbie. This is what happened in the first five minutes.
Wolf “Hi good morning Timothy has told me a lot about you, please have a seat”, Priscilla and I both sat down. ” It’s going to be one crazy trading day”, opening a drawer and pulling out a vile and showing it to the both of us, “anyone want to do a line?”, slightly shocked Priscilla looked at me, (she had been in rehab and had done her share of blow to last a life time), we both nodded to indicate no. The Wolf took a hit, opened another drawer took out a bottle of tequila, poured himself a glass, drank it, then reached for a cigar box (not cigars) full of blunts, and lit it up. Just as he was getting comfortable the phone rang. Priscilla and I just saw a guy looking after billion, do blow, drink tequila, smoking weed and it was not even 10:35.
Wolf, speaking into the phone “so you are fighting with your mom”, does another line and pours another shot of tequila and drinks it, “you have three chooses if you don’t like your mom, you can go to the balcony of the 36th floor of the condo, and jump off, or come live here with me and your step-mom, and have to deal with her, or just deal with it, that’s my advise” and hangs up. “I am so sorry, that was my daughter’, explains the Wolf. Priscilla, shuffles uncomfortably on the sofa, the Wolf observes.
Jonah Hill (plays Donnie Azoff) read the script given to him by Leonardo DiCaprio, called Leo telling him that the script “Wolf of Wall Street”, was a great script and that he knows that world, and people like those in the screenplay and DiCaprio needs to do the film. DiCaprio told Martin Scorsese, about Jonah Hill’s comments and that he knows characters like those in the screenplay and Scorsese, hired Jonah Hill on the spot to play Donnie Azoff.
My friend Priscilla can tell you herself yes, there are people like those who you will see in the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’, it makes my list for ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’