A “Goodfellas“-esque epic of wealth, debauchery and ambition, “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” is headed to theaters in just a week. And in the lead up to the movie, much has been made about Martin Scorsese‘s struggle to get the movie finished in time, editing the picture to avoid an NC-17 rating and simply taking the breadth of footage that was assembled and shaping it into a finished product that could be released in theaters. The final result is a movie that runs two hours and fifty nine minutes, making “The Wolf Of Wall Street” Scorsese’s longest movie to date. And unsurprisingly, his first cut was much, much longer.
“It was over four hours,” Scorsese recently told THR about his initial version of the movie. But as fans of the filmmaker know, he doesn’t do “director’s cuts” and don’t expect one here either. He doesn’t want to release a longer version of ‘Wolf’ and sees the process as the game of making movies, and that sometimes material needs to be left out.
“That talk about these ‘director cuts’—it doesn’t really [apply]. In the old days, if the [studio] took the film away from you and they made a cut and there was a director’s cut here and somebody found it—that’s a director’s cut,” he explained. “But a longer cut is a longer cut. There’s a couple of lines of dialogue I would’ve liked to put back in. [But it’s been] quite an experience putting this together in the editing room. For the past five weeks now, it’s been day and night, seven days a week, mixing, cutting, re-cutting.”
And Scorsese’s collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio emphasizes that everything on screen is as Scorsese wanted. “At the end of the day, no one’s going to prohibit Martin Scorsese from making the film he wants to make,” the actor added. “The only conversations were about whether the film should be released at a certain date or not. Nothing else.”
And indeed, that release date is coming and you’ll be able to see the “The Wolf Of Wall Street” on Christmas Day. Until then, here’s a brand new clip featuring what looks to be a scene stealing Jonah Hill and you can watch the full conversation between THR, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio right here.