Matthew McConaughey Wrote an Encyclopedia For His ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Character

by Jeremy Spirogis
Matthew Mcconaughey and Leonardo DiCaprio

Matthew McConaughey has been sharing “McConaughey Takes” on his social media. In these movies, the actor discusses a few of his most well-known roles. On April 20, he discussed his function in The Wolf of Wall Street. He solely has a small function within the movie, nevertheless it was memorable as he kilos his chest over lunch with Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Matthew Mcconaughey and Leonardo DiCaprio
L-R: Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey | Paramount Pictures

Even for a comparatively transient function, McConaughey developed a wealth of background. Belfort was a fraudulent ’80s stockbroker and Mark Hanna (McConaughey) set him in movement. Watch the video under or learn the highlights of McConaughey’s tackle The Wolf of Wall Street

Matthew McConaughey units the scene for ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

McConaughey would win an Oscar for his function in Dallas Buyers Club in 2013, the identical yr The Wolf of Wall Street got here out. The former function required him to lose practically 50 kilos to play Ron Woodroof, and HIV optimistic man who helped different sufferers get medicine within the ’80s.. 

L-R: Joe Pesci,Jonah Hill,Martin Scorsese and Matthew McConaughey
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“I used to be about 30 kilos into shedding all the burden for Dallas Buyers Club after I acquired the decision from Martin Scorsese to come back in for a pair days and play this man, Mark Hanna who’s form of the mentor to Leonardo’s Belfort character,” McConaughey mentioned in his video. “It’s a scene in a restaurant where I’m giving him the lay of the land of what this business is and what it’s not.”

Matthew McConaughey found an encyclopedia on Mark Hanna

Many of McConaughey’s characters have memorable traces, like “I get older, they stay the same age” in Dazed and Confused or “All right all right all right” in all the pieces. There’s extra to a memorable line than simply quoting it although.

“They had this one line that was already written in the script,” McConaughey continued in his video. “I name it a launchpad line. I had one in Dazed and Confused, I had one which Steven Soderbergh gave me in Magic Mike. Sometimes you get a line in a script that the creativeness simply soars and I can simply fly with it. Unpack that line. If this character signifies that, then there’s an encyclopedia on this man.”

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L-R: Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill and Cristin Milioti | Paramount Pictures

Here’s the road that opened up an encyclopedia for Mark Hanna in The Wolf of Wall Street. 

“That line with Mark Hanna was he’s explaining the secret of this business to Leonardo’s character,” McConaughey mentioned. “He says, ‘The secret is cocaine and hookers.’ I just read that and I was like if this guy really believes that, who the hell is this guy? So I started writing that encyclopedia.”

The ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ encyclopedia that Matthew McConaughey wrote

McConaughey did as a lot analysis and backstory on Mark Hanna as he would if he was enjoying principal character in a movie. That’s why his scene is so memorable in The Wolf of Wall Street.

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Matthew McConaughey | Jim Spellman/WireImage

I began speaking to all these completely different brokers that have been of that point. I began writing plenty of issues down and actually what’s on display screen turned out to be a rap. Leonardo teed me up however Martin Scorsese let me run. I don’t assume Martin Scorsese gave me any course in English. He virtually talked to me musically. Martin Scorsese loves humorous. He would simply make these sounds and musical beat sounds so he simply let me go and I simply went off and did what you see within the film.

Matthew McConaughey, “McConaughey Takes” 4/20/2020

Leonardo DiCaprio requested him to hum for the film

What most Wolf of Wall Street followers bear in mind about that scene is McConaughey pounding his chest and main DiCaprio in a hum. 

“That is something that I’ll do not only in this film, I’ll do it before scenes in a lot of films,” McConaughey defined. “I’ll come up with a different tune and it’s a relaxation tool for me. It’s musical so it gets me out of my head because I don’t want to be thinking as an actor. I want to be doing. It also keeps my voice low and keeps my instrument loose. I was doing that before every take.”

DiCaprio noticed McConaughey doing that and thought it will work for the scene.

Leonardo leans over and goes, ‘What’s that factor you’re doing earlier than the scene?’ I instructed him it’s a rest approach. He’s like, ‘what if you put that in the scene?’ We rolled and I did it at first, then acquired into my gross sales pitch and I didn’t know if I used to be going to do it once more. I acquired to the tip and I mentioned what, musically it will be nice to bookend the scene with that as a result of I begin off with the beat after which I give him the rap of what it’s to be a dealer on this business and what it’s not. I mentioned if I can then on the finish invite him in on the beat, then it’ll be like now you bought it. So I did it. It was all one take. 

Matthew McConaughey, “McConaughey Takes” 4/20/2020

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