Leonardo DiCaprio has said that his Wolf of Wall Street co-star Jonah Hill changed the dynamic on set and he found working with him ‘unbelievable’.
The star told ABC news on the Oscar red carpet, “Martin [Scorsese] always looks for people that feel like they are the character and the second I met Jonah he said, ‘I know who this guy is, I know who these people are, there’s no-one that can play this role except for me’, and he met with Marty and in two hours he gave him the role.
“It was unbelievable to work with an actor like that who brings so much to the table, he really improvised every single day and changed the dynamic of our shoot and changed the narrative ultimately, and he’s become a great friend in the process.”
Despite losing out on the Best Actor award, DiCaprio added that he was just honoured to be there as he worked very hard to bring the film to the big screen, “It was really a six or seven year process to get this made since I optioned the book, and I became completely obsessed with Jordan Belfort’s novel. It’s a movie about our times and wealth and this idealistic image we have with money, and I wanted to put this culture up on the big screen, and I knew only Martin Scorsese could be the director to bring the sort of humanity to this that it needs.
“There has only been two films in my life that I’ve fought tooth and nail to put up on the screen and both of them were directed by Marty, one was The Aviator and the other was this. So I’m very honoured to be here tonight and to have our film acknowledged in this way.”