The film, which is all about excess, has taken a serious battering since its release on Christmas, with complaints of its apparent glamorization of the debauched and criminal antics of real life fraudster Jordan Belfort.
Variety reported that Martin Scorsese’s critically acclaimed new drama contains 506 instances of the word “f–k” throughout its 180-minute running time. If true, that tally would break the old record of 435 for a non-documentary film, set by Spike Lee’s Summer of Sam.
Sky News reports that Scorsese told fans at the Marrakech film festival, “The language is very tough in that film, but not as bad as Wolf Of Wall Street, my new film. Much worse, much worse. I mean, they’re making money.”
Scorsese is no stranger to colorful language. Three other films directed by him — 1995’s Casino(422), 1990’s Goodfellas (300) and 2006’s The Departed (237) — appear on a Wikipedia list of movies with the most uses of the curse word.
The all-time cinematic f-bomb champ is a 2005 documentary that uses the word 857 times in just 93 minutes. (The title of the film? The f-word.)