Leo Dicaprio’s ‘Drunkest Guy in the World’ and 6 Other Bizarre Screen Inspirations
Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
After dabbling in family entertainment (quite wonderfully, at that) with "Hugo" (2011), director Martin Scorsese is back with making the most vulgar, outrageous behavior seem like high art in "The Wolf of Wall Street." The film marks the master filmmaker's fifth 'picture' (as Marty likes to call it) with DiCaprio, who plays Jordan Belfort, a mega-rich and mega-amoral stockbroker whose memoir of the same title chronicles what DiCaprio calls "a very tumultuous, hedonistic time in his life where he gave into every possible temptation and went for every deadly sin."
It's a gloriously crass and startlingly entertaining cinematic joy ride of sex, drugs, money and weirdness — and that rare opportunity for Leo to show off his knack for physical comedy. One scene features Belfort indulging in perhaps a few Quaaludes too many, which causes him to panic and attempt to get back to his home — a tall order for a man in a state of drug-induced near-paralysis.
What proceeds is a physical tour de force for the Oscar-nominated actor as he slides, slips, and crawls along the floor, attempting to achieve forward momentum without actually being able to, you know, get up and walk.
You'd think that DiCaprio might consult a dancer or physical therapist for such a sequence, but he found exactly what he needed from talking to Belfort himself ...
"A lot of it came from Jordan talking to me about what Quaaludes are like. I had him rolling around on the floor for me. That was very helpful," said DiCaprio at the New York City press conference for the film, per Huffington Post.
... and from YouTube.
"A lot of the research that I did really came from watching this one video on loop," continued DiCaprio. "It's called 'The Drunkest [Guy] in the World.' It's a man trying to get a beer, but his body doesn't quite [work]. That was a huge inspiration to me."
Here's what's a "huge inspiration" to one of the best and most respected actors in the world (for the record, this writer has suspicions that it's at least somewhat choreographed and staged, a scenario that actually makes it somewhat even funnier):
Leonardo DiCaprio isn't the only actor to find inspiration from very strange sources. Here are some other examples where the job just couldn't get done by simply consulting a book, an acting coach, or good ol' life experience.