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Published: Tuesday December 24, 2013 MYT 11:50:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday December 24, 2013 MYT 12:59:37 PM

Martin Scorsese lambasted for his film

Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in a scene from 'The Wolf Of Wall Street'. DiCaprio and the film's director, Martin Scorsese, have been getting a lot of grief over the movie's bold and sometimes offensive statements.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie in a scene from 'The Wolf Of Wall Street'. DiCaprio and the film's director, Martin Scorsese, have been getting a lot of grief over the movie's bold and sometimes offensive statements.

The director’s Wolf Of Wall Street is definitely not for everyone.

Martin Scorsese knows that The Wolf Of Wall Street is not for everyone, but he probably didn’t expect to be lambasted by an Academy Of Motion Pictures and Sciences (AMPAS) member when he arrived for the official members screening of his film last weekend.

But according to a Facebook post from actress Hope Holiday, that’s what happened.

Referring to the graphic three-hour film about the sex-and-drug-filled lifestyle of stockbroker Jordan Belfort, and then to the arrival of Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Los Angeles, she wrote: “Last night was torture at the Academy – The Wolf Of Wall Street – three hours of torture – same disgusting crap over and over again – after the film they had a discussion which a lot of us did not stay for – the elevator doors opened and Leonardo D. Martin S. and a few others got out then a screen writer ran over to them and started screaming – shame on you – disgusting...”

Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street is getting mixed reactions from viewers. 

A Paramount rep who was with Scorsese said that no one screamed at the director, but admitted that one person offered “a negative comment”. The film’s talent didn’t stop to respond, because they were hurrying into the theatre for a post-screening Q&A with Scorsese, DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and writer Terrence Winter.

When asked for additional details by TheWrap, Holiday declined to identify the screenwriter who confronted Scorsese as he exited the elevator on the second floor. But she said that the screenwriter’s criticism of Scorsese was “a shocker”, and “very awkward and embarrassing” for others waiting for the elevator. Some people at the screening, she added, did applaud the film, while others (“including myself“) hated it.

Others report healthy applause for the film, and for the panelists at the Q&A. The screening was reportedly very well attended, despite it being a three-hour film screening on the Saturday night before Christmas. “It’s brutal,” admitted Scorsese in a conversation with TheWrap last week. “I’ve seen it with audiences, and I think it plays. I don’t know if it will be to everyone’s taste – I don’t think it will. It’s not made for 14 year olds.”

To be fair, the Facebook post and its subsequent comments showed that Holiday and her friends clearly aren’t the target audience for Scorsese’s film, either. The 75-year-old actress, who appeared in The Apartment and Irma la Douce, among others, and her friends bashed current films, including Inside Llewyn Davis, and praised White Christmas, When Harry Met Sally, As Good As It Gets and The Wizard Of Oz.

Holiday did say that she “liked” David O. Russell’s American Hustle, but found it “confusing”. Saturday’s incident was not the first time that a Scorsese film has been rudely greeted by someone in an AMPAS audience. One longtime Academy member told TheWrap that at the members’ screening of Scorsese’s Casino in 1995, one man stood up in the middle of the film and screamed, “Disgusting! Pornography! Crap!” at the screen. That film received one Oscar nomination for Sharon Stone’s lead performance. — Reuters

Tags / Keywords: Entertainment, Film, director, Martin Scorsese, filmmaker, Wolf Of Wall Street

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