“Yes, the film is a lightning rod — it’s exciting!” Martin Scorsese says to Gold Derby about “The Wolf of Wall Street,” not ruffled at all about the controversy it’s sparking. “It’s profane and obscene … like the money culture it covers, so I think: why not just show it? Provoke people until you take them into that mindset and actually at times find it funny. This is the sharp edge of the picture.
“This is a big issue in terms of what it says about our country – what it says about our culture, what it says about human nature.”
In addition to discussing his latest film during our webcam chat, Scorsese also revisits his Oscar win as Best Director for “The Departed,” which also won Best Picture.
“I must say that it was one of the great, great times of my life,” he recalls. “I didn’t think the academy would go for it at all …. Don’t forget that I went 36 years or so without acknowledgment on that level from the academy. Yeah, I would’ve liked to have won for ‘Raging Bull,’ for ‘Goodfellas,’ but we didn’t. But we got to make the pictures. So I can’t complain.”