Terence Winter On ‘Wolf Of Wall Street’ F-Word Counters: ‘Grow Up Already’

By Matthew Jacobs

Now that we know exactly how many times the word “f–k” was used in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” the movie’s controversy seems to have slackened. Martin Scorsese’s three-hour black comedy recently crossed the $100 million threshold at the domestic box office, and whether either of those things will impact its Oscar odds come March 2 is every pundit’s guess. One person who can easily — and rightfully — turn his nose up at the naysayers is Terence Winter, whose script is a contender for Best Adapted Screenplay.

HuffPost Entertainment caught up with Winter on Saturday night as he walked the red carpet at the Writers Guild Awards‘ East Coast ceremony. The Emmy-winning scribe of “Boardwalk Empire” and “The Sopranos,” who was up for the WGA’s adapted-screenplay award as well, addressed the critics questioning the movie’s ethics and let us in on how Leonardo DiCaprio’s uproarious Quaalude scene came together, including the time it almost caused his wife to drop their newborn.

Are you aware that people are counting the number of expletives in your movie?
I am aware, and I can’t believe anybody has that time, and if they did that they’d use it to do that.

Imagine how many times people are watching your movie on a loop so they can count F-bombs.
Yeah, and now I’ve seen different numbers, so I’m really curious as to who’s right. But I’m never going to count.

Did you expect that kind of reaction to come out of the movie?
About that word specifically? No, I think people should grow up already. That’s kind of how those guys talk, and I certainly work on shows where that word rolls off the keyboard very easily. It practically writes itself on my Final Draft program. I think you’d have better things to do with your time.

The Quaalude scene.

As a screenwriter, how do you approach drafting that scene on paper versus how it gets translated to the big screen? How detailed are you?
I was very detailed with it, and [Jordan Belfort, the character DiCaprio plays] was very detailed in his book about describing it, so that was a big help. I took what he described and then I described it, too, thinking I now have to translate it so I can describe it to the filmmaker of, “This is visually how I see it.” Of course, Marty hopefully saw it the same way, and he did, for the most part. … The scene from getting to the top of the stairs crawling into the car, that was probably about three-quarters of a page of description. But then Leo even took it even further. I didn’t know there was going to be a Lamborghini and that he had to open the door with his foot, so that was him on the day improvising how to get into this car. It is very detailed, and there is a little bit of a disconnect between the page and when you get …read more

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