Jon Bernthal, who plays Brad in “The Wolf of Wall Street”, recently released an anecdote about the film. He revealed that one of his most famous scenes was improvised by Leonardo DiCaprio.
The wolf of Wall Street, a biopic crazy for Martin Scorsese
In 2013, Martin Scorsese released arguably the craziest feature film of his filmography to date. The wolf of Wall Street tells us the true story of Jordan Belfort, a stock broker. The intrigue makes us live its journey towards wealth, made of debauchery and dishonest practices, then its fall. In the shoes of the trader, a rampant Leonardo DiCaprio signs a memorable performance.
Years after its release, anecdotes continue to come out here and there behind the scenes of the crazy shooting of the feature film. And Jon Bernthal has just unveiled a new one on a stage that has become particularly famous. The American actor played Brad, one of the loyal partners of the main protagonist, in The wolf of Wall Street.
When DiCaprio improvised the pen scene
Bernthal was recently a guest on the show Hot Ones. He took the opportunity to return to the passage during which Jordan Belfort asks his character to sell him a pen. And the actor revealed that this dialogue was not in the scenario from the movie. It was Leonardo DiCaprio who decided to introduce him in the feature film shortly before the shooting of the scene in question:
People talk a lot about the “Sell Me That Pen” scene, and I use it as a good example of how Marty works. When Leo made his way to the set that day, his bodyguard was a NYPD Inspector. And this man told him he had a job interview with the real Jordan Belfort. Leo said ‘Really? What did he ask you? ‘ And the inspector said, ‘He gave me a pen and told me to sell it to him.’ And Leo didn’t tell anyone. He just used it during the scene. And we acted out the scene reacting to that.
An improvisation re-exploited at the end of the film
The other actors present in the scene therefore had a good reaction when they discovered DiCaprio’s improvisation. Bernthal himself found a simple way to sell the pen to convince the character of Belfort, which he expected of him. And as the actor explains, this anecdote illustrates freedom which were able to benefit the actors on the set of The wolf of Wall Street. Scorsese gave them the free reign to try new things with every take.
And the improvisation of DiCaprio with the pen obviously pleased the filmmaker a lot. Because the latter decided to reuse this technique at the end of the film. In the final scene, Belfort tries to explain to amateurs how to persuade someone to buy something. For this, he asks several people to try to sell him a pen …