Steve Madden Thought Actor Who Plays Him In 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Is "Too Nerdy"
Steve Madden, the famed shoe designer, is less than thrilled with his portrayal in the Oscar-nominated film, The Wolf of Wall Street, calling the actor that portrayed him “too nerdy.”
Steve Madden Stock Fraud Seen In 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Madden, 55, was 43 when he was indicted for stock fraud and money laundering after his business partnership with Jordan Belfort’s corrupt investment firm Stratton Oakmont. Madden plead guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering and securities fraud in 2001 and was sentenced to 41 months in prison and served 31. Belfort served 22 months.
“Oh, God, it was a terrible mistake. At the time it was just hubris. We thought we were clever,” Madden told the New York Times in February 2013.
Belfort, of course, is the central character in the Martin Scorsese-directed hit The Wolf of Wall Street, and is played by Leonardo DiCaprio, who has earned an Oscar nomination for his performance. The film includes Madden and Belfort’s illegal dealings, with Jake Hoffman, son of Dustin Hoffman, playing Madden in the film.
Jake Hoffman Plays Steve Madden In 'The Wolf Of Wall Street
“The guy was too nerdy,” Madden said when asked about his character in the film.
However, Madden reportedly enjoyed the film and appears to have no issue with being included in the film. Furthermore, he has not claimed to be misrepresented in the film.
“[Belfort] ratted me out to save himself, but it was a long time ago, and I try not to live in the past. You’ve got to move on, and I have,” Madden told Page Six.
Hoffman hasn’t responded to Madden’s critique of his casting, but he has said that to play Madden he did a lot of research on women’s shoes, rather than the ins and outs of the stock market.
“I didn’t really research the stock market, I researched women shoes more and yours are fantastic right now,” Hoffman told examiner.com in December.
The Wolf of Wall Street is out in theaters now and earned five Academy Award nominations including Best Actor for DiCaprio, Best Director for Scorsese and Best Picture.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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