Welcome to the Year of Leonardo DiCaprio as the American Dream! In The Wolf of Wall Street, Leo plays the nonfictional man James Gatz — a.k.a. Jay Gatsby — may have become had he been born in the ’60s rather than 1890: Jordan Belfort, a hard-partying stockbroker who, in real life, (spoiler alert!) was sentenced to 4 years in federal prison for securities fraud and money laundering in the early ’00s.
Back in the ’80s and ’90s, Belfort and his cohort — including brokers played by Jonah Hill and Matthew McConaughey — were living the high life: lounging on yachts, taping stacks of money to nubile young women, tossing goblets of orange juice into bushes with abandon. Their revelry is all set to the throbbing, yowling percussion of Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead” — and helmed with precision by Leo’s old pal Martin Scorsese.
Could this be the film that finally gets DiCaprio that elusive Best Actor Oscar? Who knows — but either way, it looks mighty entertaining.