Ac­tor-di­rec­tor team hav­ing a howl to­gether

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Jake Coyle

NEW YORK — “Any­thing goes” was the guid­ing ethos for Martin Scors­ese and Leonardo DiCaprio in mak­ing their ex­trav­a­gant dark com­edy of Wall Street ex­cess, The Wolf of Wall Street. “We would look at each other and ask, ‘Are we go­ing too far?”’ says DiCaprio. Rarely was the an­swer yes. The two long­time col­lab­o­ra­tors pushed the based-on-a-true-story tale to the lim­its of out­ra­geous­ness, de­cency and MPAA ap­proval. With pin­stripe suits in­stead of to­gas, it’s their Satyri­con, their Caligula: a nearly three-hour-long orgy of money, sex and drugs. The part­ner­ship be­tween the 71-year-old Scors­ese and DiCaprio, 39, has now stretched over five films and more than a dozen years. To­gether, they’ve been able to carve out a space for the kind of dar­ing Hol­ly­wood typ­i­cally shuns. “Any­thing goes” is far from the mantra of today’s movie busi­ness. “I don’t think peo­ple re­ally quite un­der­stand how unique this movie is,” says DiCaprio, while Scors­ese, sit­ting next to him, nods. “No mat­ter what they think of the movie, you do not see films like this hap­pen­ing.” Scors­ese and DiCaprio re­cently sat down for a joint in­ter­view to dis­cuss their lat­est film, which opened on Christ­mas Day. On the sur­face, they ex­ude the dy­namic of master and pupil, but they’re on more equal foot­ing, bonded by a de­sire to make movies like those from the 1970s that DiCaprio grew up ad­mir­ing and Scors­ese ac­tu­ally made. In the last 13 years, Scors­ese has made only one fic­tional film ( Hugo) that didn’t star DiCaprio. “Over the years, it’s been about learn­ing more, fine-tun­ing the in­stru­ments to­gether, so to speak, and dis­cov­er­ing more from each other in the process,” says Scors­ese. They co-pro­duced The Wolf of Wall Street, which Warner Bros. turned down in 2008 be­fore it was re­born with Para­mount Pic­tures.

Iron­i­cally, Scors­ese was tipped off to DiCaprio’s tal­ent from the ac­tor he’s most as­so­ci­ated with: Robert De Niro. Af­ter De Niro made 1993’s This Boy’s Life, he rec­om­mended an 18-year-old DiCaprio to Scors­ese. That would spark

MARY CYBULSKI / PARA­MOUNT PIC­TURES

Scors­ese di­rects DiCaprio on the set of The Wolf of Wall Street.

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