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Margot Robbie insisted on doing Wolf Of Wall Street scene fully naked to make it more realistic

Jake Massey

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Margot Robbie insisted on doing Wolf Of Wall Street scene fully naked to make it more realistic

The Wolf of Wall Street is almost 10 years old, but you may remember many moments from the movie like you just watched them yesterday.

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The three-hour film is chock-a-block with unforgettably wild scenes – pen-selling, dwarf-throwing and Margot Robbie teasing all spring to mind.

Indeed, the Australian actor played a big part in the success of the movie.

She may be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood now, but at the time she was just starting out – having featured on Neighbours for a few years – and she was bold enough to insist on going nude in her big breakthrough role.

The movie was Robbie's big breakthrough. Credit: Moviestore Collection Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
The movie was Robbie's big breakthrough. Credit: Moviestore Collection Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

The much-loved Martin Scorsese movie is based on the story of controversial stockbroker Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, with Robbie playing Naomi Lapaglia, Belfort's second wife in the film.

The role featured numerous sexual scenes, including a full-frontal nude scene, and Robbie admitted she was apprehensive about the scenes being immortalised on the internet.

However, when director Scorsese suggested diluting things for her comfort, she made the brave decision to turn him down, in favour of preserving the integrity of the film.

Speaking to The Telegraph in 2014, aged just 23, she said: "I think nudity for the sake of nudity is shameful. If they've put it in just so that a girl gets her top off, then that's disgusting. And you can always tell.

"But I also think it's disgusting when someone would have got naked in real life, in the film they conveniently leave their bra on, or hold up the bed sheet. Seeing someone being choreographed into being covered up irritates me just as much."

She continued: "The whole point of Naomi is that her body is her only form of currency in this world. So when Marty [Scorsese] was trying to help me out, and said in the scene where she seduces Jordan perhaps I could have a robe on, I said she wouldn't. She has to be naked. She's laying her cards on the table."

Robbie insisted on doing the scene nude. Credit: Doug Peters / Alamy Stock Photo
Robbie insisted on doing the scene nude. Credit: Doug Peters / Alamy Stock Photo

Robbie's commitment to authenticity is admirable, but that's not to say she didn't find it difficult and embarrassing.

Reflecting on shooting a memorable seduction scene in the movie, she told Porter in a 2018 interview: "It doesn't come across when you're watching the movie, but in reality we're in a tiny bedroom with 30 crew crammed in.

"All men. And for 17 hours I'm pretending to be touching myself. It's just a very weird thing and you have to bury the embarrassment and absurdity, really deep, and fully commit."

Featured Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

Topics: TV and Film, Margot Robbie

Jake Massey
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