The Wolf of Wall Street, a controversial tale of financial greed, orgies and drug-taking starring Leonardo DiCaprio, has set a record for profanity in a major Hollywood movie, with 506 uses of the F-word in its 180-minute running time.
The film, directed by Martin Scorsese, eclipsed the previous record held by Spike Lee's 1999 movie Summer of Sam which notched up 435 mentions, according to Variety, the entertainment industry trade publication. Scorsese has never shied away from profanity, with his gangster movies Casino and Goodfellas respectively featuring 422 and 300 uses of the F-word.
The Wolf of Wall Street, which is based on the memoirs of Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who was convicted of fraud, has been criticised since is was released in the US on Christmas Day. Christina McDowell, whose father worked with Belfort, accused Scorsese and DiCaprio of "glorifying greed and psychopathic behaviour". But DiCaprio told The Hollywood Reporter: "It is a cautionary tale. It is an indictment of this world."
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