‘The Wolf of Wall Street’: Leonardo DiCaprio Had To Wear a Neck Brace After His Infamous ‘Quaalude’ Scene — ‘It Was 3 Days of Crawling Around’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Leonardo DiCaprio has dozens of loopy tales about his expertise engaged on The Wolf of Wall Street. The outrageous movie is filled with darkish humor, rampant drug use, and vulgar language, however it’s nonetheless one way or the other onerous to show away from. 

One of the movie’s extra standard scenes is the quaalude sequence, wherein a drugged-out DiCaprio loses management of his physique. As hilarious because the scene was, DiCaprio really damage himself within the strategy of filming it.  

Leonardo DiCaprio injured himself whereas filming the quaalude sequence in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’

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DiCaprio’s loopy quaalude sequence is without doubt one of the most memorable moments within the movie. 

After ingesting a very potent batch of the sedative, he loses management of his physique and should drag himself to his automobile and one way or the other drive again house. In a hilarious flip of occasions, he throws himself down a flight of brick stairs and lifts his Lamborghini’s door with the tip of his foot.

As loopy because the sequence of occasions appeared on display, it was even crazier to must movie. In reality, issues had been so wild that DiCaprio damage himself whereas capturing the scene. 

“Yeah, I was in a neck brace for a little bit … yeah, something like that,” DiCaprio confirmed in a resurfaced 2014 Variety interview. “Well, it was three days of crawling around like that, but it was—I got over it.”

Leonardo DiCaprio drew inspiration for the scene from ‘Goodfellas’

DiCaprio knew he wished to make the quaalude scene as memorable as doable, so he appeared towards one other basic Scorsese film for inspiration. 

“Well, I knew that after I was speaking with Marty about this film, I stated, ‘Look, it’s acquired to really feel, to me, how the phase in Goodfellas felt with Ray Liotta, with the cocaine and the marinara sauce … with the helicopters. The entire film ought to have that power.’ So we knew that this quaalude sequence, which was a mix of many scenes that we fused collectively so as to add extra pressure to, needed to even up the ante of that.”

‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ financiers gave Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese full inventive management 

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DiCaprio struggled for a number of years to search out financiers that may assist his imaginative and prescient for The Wolf of Wall Street. Its risque materials wasn’t one thing that studios had been wanting to spend money on, which pressured him to search out outdoors benefactors. 

Once he discovered financiers for the movie, DiCaprio and Scorsese had free reign to create the movie precisely how they wished to. Their newfound assist gave them the liberty to convey the outrageous quaalude scene to life.

“That was the beauty of having financiers and people that really encouraged us, this was really our movie. … Many people say that, but you can’t help but be influenced by other voices when you’re making a movie. … It was just us as artists, saying ‘This is the film we’re gonna make, and it’s gonna be crude, and it’s gonna be hedonistic, and it’s gonna be hardcore, but this is reflective of the culture around us and this world. And we’re gonna tell the truth about it.”

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