6 Jan – It may be Hollywood director Martin Scorsese's latest masterpiece starring acclaimed actor Leonardo DiCaprio, but that doesn't mean Malaysians will get to watch "The Wolf Of Wall Street" in cinemas due to censorship issues pertaining to the film's content, which includes excessive use profanity, nudity and drugs.
The film that's based on former notorious American stockbroker Jordan Belfort's memoir of the same name, was originally slated to be released in Malaysia on 2 January 2014 by TGV Cinemas' distribution arm, TGV Pictures, but after some consideration over its subject matter, it is now scrapped out completely.
"Unfortunately the movie will be completely removed from our  line-up as we do not believe it will pass our [local] censorship," explained a TGV Pictures representative.
Critically acclaimed by critics but infamously praised for "glorifying the excessive lifestyle it depicts", the film according to the Guardian, has also broken the record for most foul words used in a non-documentary film, noting the usage of the F-word heard more than 506 times in the film.
The previous record holder who compared to "The Wolf Of Wall Street" is 71 words shy, is Spike Lee's "Summer Of Sam".
"The Wolf Of Wall Street" stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Belfort, a New York stockbroker who runs a firm, Stratton Oakmont, that engages in securities fraud and corruption on Wall Street in the 1990s.
An early Academy Award favourite, the film is Scorsese and DiCaprio's fifth collaboration together. The film also stars Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey and Jean Dujardin.
Produced by Malaysian born banker-turned-movie-producer Riza Aziz, the son of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor from her first marriage, who had invested towards making the film with business partner and Hollywood producer Joey McFarland via their production company, Red Granite Pictures, had greenlight Scorsese's intention to make the film with an R rating, a move objected by Warner Bros. studios who was previously on board to take on the film.
The stepson of Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Riza had previously made headlines after Sarawak Report news portal unveiled that the 36-year-old New York based producer had purchased a US$33.5 million (RM110 million) penthouse in Park Laurel, New York back in November 2012.
In other related news, the Producers Guild Awards had revealed that its nominees for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures; the equivalent of Oscar's Bets Picture trophy, also includes Riza Aziz for producing "The Wolf Of Wall Street".