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Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and screenwriter Terence Winter finally opened up about their movie The Wolf of Wall Street in a recent discussion with The Hollywood Reporter that is set to air at 6 p.m. tonight on PBS SoCal as part of the new series The Hollywood Reporter in Focus.
THR‘s Stephen Galloway sat down for an exclusive discussion with the Paramount’s film’s major players that included frank talk about airplane orgies, scoring quaaludes, Steven Spielberg‘s visit to set and why DiCaprio was drawn to the real-life story: “It was like a modern-day Caligula.”
Of his most challenging moment, DiCaprio revealed: “The speeches. I had been thinking about them for seven years. But I had never had a monologue like that in my life — I mean, [one] went on for four pages. It was amazing. And there was such a lead-up to it, it was almost like an adrenaline dump. And I immediately got sick. I was supposed to get up there in front of 600 extras and give this giant Braveheart-like speech on greed, and my throat just seized up. I got strep throat.”
Scorsese said Spielberg’s arrival on set coincided with the filming of the speeches.
“He said he came in to say hello, and he stayed the whole day and was helping me, saying, ‘I think you should move the camera,'” the director added, laughing.
The discussion will air on PBS SoCal’s HD channel at 6 p.m. tonight and again on Jan. 6, and on digital widescreen channel PBS SoCal Plus at 7 p.m. tonight, 10:30 p.m. Jan. 6, and 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 7.
The Hollywood Reporter and PBS SoCaL, which is available in 18 million households in the greater Los Angeles area, also have partnered to produce The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables series, which features Hollywood’s leading Academy Award contenders in intimate discussions. The five-part series will continue during the holiday season through Dec. 30 on PBS SoCaL’s HD channel, KOCE.
The Producer Roundtable, featuring Mark Wahlberg, Charles Roven, Pam Williams, Michael De Luca, Dede Gardner and David Heyman will air at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30 followed by the Writer Roundtable, featuring George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Julie Delpy, Nicole Holofcener, John Ridley, Danny Strong and Jonas Cuaron.
The Director Roundtable, featuring Steve McQueen, Paul Greengrass, David O. Russell, Ben Stiller, Alfonso Cuaron and Lee Daniels, aired Monday.
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