The victims forgotten in controversial blockbuster

278 views

“My name is Jordan Belfort. The year I turned 26, I made 49 million dollars, which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week.” Leonardo DiCaprio said while staring as Jordan Belfort in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

It’s no secret that Mr. Belfort is lacking some key personality traits, modesty being the least concerning on the long list.

This could sound a little crazy being a huge Leo fan, like most every female on the planet with a pulse, but I hadn’t seen the movie yet. I wanted to hear the reviews from my friends and all the critics first.

Also, a three-hour long movie needs to be strategically planned into your day, and the feedback I was hearing was not all that positive.

“I liked it in the beginning, but towards the end I started to get annoyed by his voice. It was also hard to watch what the money was making him do to his family.” Ali Edeline, a junior in Delta Zeta said.

To add to that, Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” set a record for the most F-bombs used in running time.

A whopping 506. It probably was not too hard to rack up, given the 180 minutes they had to work with.

Still, everyone my age who saw the movie seemed to think it was an absolute ‘must see.’

In today’s generation, the sex-filled, excessive partying and drug-abusing kinds of movies are the most popular.

For some reason it is like we connect to the invulnerability and the rush these characters play.

“The Wolf of Wall Street” had all the pieces, or the one key piece set in place to make it a box office hit: the charming DiCaprio stars as Jordan Belfort.

What some people do not know is that DiCaprio actually had everything to do with this movie being made.

He literally tracked down Scorsese with the script and convinced him to make this film, the script being Belfort’s autobiography, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which he wrote in federal prison.

Today, Jordan Belfort is 51 years old and is a “motivational speaker.” So how does he motivate people, let alone get them to listen to a word he is saying when he is an infamous scumbag?

He defrauded $200 million from his investors and blew it all on drugs, clearly having no remorse for his frivolous actions at the expense of his victims who no longer have their life savings.

Yet, last year Jordan Belfort earned over a million dollars from the publication of his book and the sale of movie rights, but he still has not reimbursed his victims in full.

In an interview with CNN, Belfort was asked if he had reached out to any of the victims he has impacted.

“I have not . . . no one has sought me out,” he said.

He sure is going out of his way to make amends.

Kristen Casey, a junior at RU, went to see the movie in theaters when it first came out.

“I thought it was awesome. I knew what he was doing was wrong and I felt bad for the victims, but I wasn’t really thinking about that during the movie,” she admitted.

It is unfortunate that Hollywood has a way of glorifying the criminals like Belfort when the real reason he is famous is for criminal fraud charges.

I am sure the victims would have appreciated Belfort’s portrayal to be a lot less handsome and a lot more egregious.