Jordan Belfort Reveals Wolf Of Wall Street Moment That Is Actually True
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The real Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort, has shared one of the moments from the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill that is actually true. You can see Belfort discuss it in the video below.
OK, so it's not 100 percent true, as some of the names and details were changed, but it's essentially true, which is interesting enough.
The scene Belfort describes takes place in a diner in the film, and shows the first meeting between himself and Donnie Azoff.
In the film, Azoff - played by Hill - attempts to discover how much Belfort - DiCaprio's role - makes in a month.
Then, upon being told that Belfort earned $72,000 in the previous month, he called up his cousin - who he was working for - and quit his job to work with Belfort on the spot.
Explaining how the situation unfolded, Belfort said: "Alright, this scene is actually true except his real name is Danny, not Donnie, and it happened in our apartment building, right in the back.
"I showed him my payslip, [he] went upstairs, took one look at it, he actually called his cousin and quit.
"Just like that, incredible."
The 'Danny' that Belfort is referring to there is a man called Danny Porush, who the character of Donnie is loosely based upon.
Porush was one of the main characters in the Stratton Oakmont brokerage house, and he was a key figure in the 'pump and dump' fraud scheme that eventually saw both him and Belfort sent to prison.
In 1999, Porush was sentenced to 39 months in prison for securities fraud as well as money laundering.
He has since claimed that whilst the character of Azoff is based on him, the portrayal is inaccurate.
Porush has always claimed that many of the incidents that take place in the film - directed by Martin Scorsese - are total fabrication.
However, it would seem that Belfort thinks this one actually happened.
For his part, Belfort served 22 months in prison after he agreed to testify against a number of other people who were involved in the securities fraud scheme.
He later wrote his memoirs, which were then turned into the film, which was released in 2013.
So, whilst some elements of the film were fictionalised, and some names have been changed, it seems as if there are some parts that are absolutely as they happened in real life.