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24 Interesting Facts About “The Wolf of Wall Street” That You Probably Didn’t Know

13. The dance movie Leonardo DiCaprio performs in one of the party scenes was done on the spot, though he learned it on his own over decades. 

Leonardo dance move
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Leonardo DiCaprio was once a break-dancer and almost left his acting career to pursue it. He even won a second place in a German break-dancing contest when he was young. His break-dancing had even earned him a funny nickname, “The Noodle”. The dance move he made in the movie could be something he remembers from his break-dancing days.(source)

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14. There is actual footage from the 1991 Hamptons beach party with the real Jordan Belfort and his then fiancee Nadine Cardi (Naomi Belfort) in it. 

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15. To depict Jordan’s state of mind, Rodrigo Prieto, the movie’s director of photography, constantly changed the lenses he used for shooting. 

Rodrigo Prieto
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Flat spherical lenses were used during the scenes in which Jordan was in a clear mental state and in the scenes where he is high and under the influence of drugs, anamorphic lenses were used. Once Jordan comes under Denham’s suspicion and investigation starts, lenses with longer focal length were used to depict his downfall and a sense of being spied upon.

16. Kenneth Choi, who played Chester Ming, gained nearly twenty-five pounds for his role in the movie. 

Kenneth Choi as Chester Ming
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17. Jon Bernthal hit Jonah Hill for real during the scene in which their characters Brad and Donnie get into a fight. Bernthal actually hit so hard that Hill’s prosthetic teeth had split and flew out of his mouth. Martin Scorsese then filmed in real-time the swelling of Hill’s face. 

Brad Hits Donnie For Real
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18. It was a prosthetic penis that Jonah Hill’s character Donnie starts masturbating with when he sees Naomie at the party. The surprised reactions from the actors and background artists were all real.

Jonah Hill
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