Actor Jonah Hill has spoken out in defense of his new film “The Wolf of Wall Street” following accusations that it glorifies the bad behavior of its lead character.
The Martin Scorsese-directed movie tells the story of Jordan Belfort, a real life stockbroker who cheated investors out of millions with fraudulent stock market schemes and led a hedonistic lifestyle of extreme excess.
Critics have taken aim at the film for apparently glorifying the bad behavior of Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, which included taking drugs and dabbling with prostitutes.
Hill took the opportunity to respond to the criticisms while speaking at a brunch hosted by Variety magazine on Sunday, insisting that detractors had misunderstood the message of the film.
He said, “I personally take away the message from the film that this behavior, this lifestyle, leads to a very bad ending. I think the movie is not glorifying this behavior, it is showing that it leads to bad places whether their judicial punishment doesn’t reflect that is one thing. Where your life ends up, who you are as a person, is another.”
Belfort was convicted of conning his investors and spent 22 months in prison. He now works as a motivational speaker.