Martin Scorsese has given film fans countless “classic scenes”, the sorts of sequences we salivate over and want to watch over & over. Unsurprisingly, The Wolf of Wall Street has lots more. Here’s one…
I, like many, had the pleasure of experiencing Martin Scorsese’s latest masterwork The Wolf of Wall Street at the beginning of the year. The film, which tells the true story of Wall Street fraudster Jordan Belfort based on his own memoir, features terrific work from the director and his star Leonardo DiCaprio.
One of my favourite scenes involves Belfort’s second wife Naomi (played by ex-Australian soap star Margot Robbie) who wants to regain some power and control within their relationship. Her husband has recently crash landed his helicopter in the couple’s garden, waking up the neighbourhood and most importantly their young daughter. Even more upsetting for Naomi is the fact she caught him saying the name of the prostitute he had been using in his sleep.
There are two ways you can hurt a man like Jordan Belfort. One is money but seen as Naomi is in debt to her husband, relying on his riches, she pursues the only other way of hitting him where it hurts: in the trousers!
To say Robbie is easy on the eye would be an understatement. Likewise, saying she only had to turn up to her audition (that obviously called for a conventionally gorgeous woman in her twenties or early thirties) to get the part would do her performance a disservice. She’s terrific – sultry and sexy to enliven Belfort’s libido when required, strong-willed and passionate in the defence of her child and herself when things get out of hand.
In this particular scene, their marriage teetering on the edge of failure, Robbie’s Naomi seductively plays on her husband’s desire to take her to bed but denies him the opportunity.
“Does Daddy get to kiss both his girls,” says Belfort, referring to his wife and his five-month old daughter who he’s just placed in the crib.
“Oh no,” says Naomi, “Daddy doesn’t get to kiss Mommy for a very, very long time.”
Terrence Winter’s script says: Naomi lays back on her elbows, thighs parted – she’s wearing no panties. The wind goes out of Jordan.
Belfort is apologetic to no avail.
Naomi continues to tease. “Mommy loves Daddy so, so much and there’s nothing she wants to do more right now than to make love to Daddy all day long. Well, I guess it’s time for Daddy to be taught his first lesson.”
Her teasing continues with both words and actions but unfortunately for Naomi, Belfort has the last laugh.
He promises to tell her a story if she stays in her compromising position. She agrees. He tells her about a security conscious Long Island homeowner with lots of money who would do anything to protect his baby daughter. So he hires two security and installs a state-of-the-art video surveillance system. The system includes objects with cameras secreted in them. One of these cameras, unbeknownst to Naomi, is the teddy bear sat overlooking them. Its eye, which is also a micro camera, is pointing straight at Naomi, recording her seductive teasing. Watching the video feed are the two burly security officers who can’t believe their raunchy luck.
The script reads: Naomi’s eyes widen – she looks towards a Teddy Bear on a
shelf. WE SEE that one of the eyes is a pinhole camera.
Belfort, in typical smug fashion, says: “So smile, Mommy! You’re on Candid Camera!”