Leonardo diCaprio revealed that a YouTube video inspired him for a critical scene on his latest film The Wolff of Wall Street for which he has received an Oscar nomination.
DiCaprio said, while speaking at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, that a YouTube video called “Drunkest Guy Ever Goes for More Beer” served as inspiration while performing his role in the film.
The scene in questions had Leonardo diCaprio’s character, Jordan Belfort, trying to get to his car while on Quaaludes — a sedative drug — the actor said he “obsessively” watched the video to help him capture the physical movements of someone under the influence.
The 39-year-old actor was awarded the Cinema Vanguard Award with Martin Scorsese and spoke about his role to those present.
DiCaprio said of the man in the YouTube video:
“It’s not just the fact that he was sort of elasticated and trying to get up, it was his motivation that was really intriguing. He had one singular goal, one that was to get a beer out of the 7-Eleven, and it took him a half an hour.”
“And he was writhing around the floor. And people were watching and scratching their heads saying, ‘What are you doing?’ He just wouldn’t stop reaching for something that was a life-sustaining force for him.”
Leonardo diCaprio recently revealed that he has never done drugs and never will, after being exposed to the effects of them while growing up in a tough neighborhood of Los Angeles.
“Never done it. That’s because I saw this stuff literally every day when I was 3 or 4 years old. So Hollywood was a walk in the park for me (…) I’d go to parties and it was there and, yeah, there’s that temptation. Hollywood is a very volatile place where artists come in and they essentially say they want to belong. It’s incredibly vulnerable to be an actor and also get criticism at a young age when you’re formulating who you are. We’ve seen a lot of people fall victim to that, and it’s very unfortunate.”
As to the Quaaludes scene Leonardo diCaprio talked with the real-life Jordan Belfort “about what it was like being on Quaaludes because I’ve never done it. And he said, ‘Look. You think that you’re operating the same, but the mechanics of what your brain thinks and what your body actually physically manifests are two entirely different things.'”
To nail the scene Leonardo DiCaprio said he imagined himself “this primordial beast crawling towards this space machine.”