Margot Robbie's challenging role in The Wolf of Wall Street
The scene in which she spent 17 hours with 30 men and slapped Leo Di Caprio
She landed the role in Martin Scorsese's hit film thanks to a daring gesture. However, she keeps the worst memories of the shoot. “I did not know that you could say: ‘I have been harassed, without anyone touching you”, she would reveal later.
Behind every cinematographic success, there are hours of work, predisposition, and focus. A team that is on the same path toward a common goal. In the middle, interpret that leave the skin and much more so that what is later seen on the screen is as effective as possible. Achieving this for the vast majority means immediate glory, to then go for eternal glory.
If you want to continue climbing the ladder in an industry like Hollywood, which almost every actor aims to reach, it is essential to start on the right foot. There are usually no second chances, beyond specific situations that are now irrelevant. In this context, the one who did all this -and by her own merit continues to rise- is Margot Robbie.
At 30 years old, she carries an exquisite journey on her shoulders. Papers that catapulted her from her, placing her at the top. In 2008, while parading on the best catwalks in the world as a model, her other passion, the Australian, made her debut as an actress with small appearances, but already leaving a registered mark. Although the exact moment she became known worldwide by movie lovers was in 2013. Her hard-working role in The Wolf of Wall Street was her before and after when it came to the big screen, the starting point to reach consecration and be what he is today: a figure in the entertainment industry.
However, Margot did not find it easy. During her filming, there were specific scenes that made her think about how invasive a job can be. Now, seven years after the debut of the film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the details of the recording days came to light that, due to the trauma, the actress remembers in great detail.
The blockbuster film (grossing $392 million) was inspired by stockbroker Jordan Belfort, who ran one of America's biggest money rackets. His ability to manipulate the market and make large profits, money laundering, and others, made the Justice set their eyes on him. After prison, in 2008 she was released, began to write a book about her life, and ended up authorizing the making of the film of this story that we narrate.
In The Wolf of Wall Street, Margot Robbie put herself in the shoes of Noami Lapaglia. She was first the lover of the Belfort (Di Caprio), then she became his wife. Throughout the film, the Australian had to deal with risque scenes, and others of abuse, disappointment, and violence. However, what traumatized her the most was her erotic sequence: she had to put her body on and deal with the environment and the work team.
Director Martin Scorsese confessed that he hired her for her role because of an unexpected act of bravery during her first audition. According to what they said, Margot improvised a scene that was not in the script, leaving the entire room with their mouths open. She “slapped DiCaprio in the face, which wasn't in the script. It was an improvisation that we thought was wonderful, and we even included it in the script,” Scorsese remarked.
The press consulted her about this event: she, Margot, replied that she gave everything she had to captivate and be hired. Then she added one of her maxims: “If you don't do something impressive, nothing will ever come of it. If it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, then take it. Maybe I should have kissed him... When will I have the chance to kiss Leo Di Caprio? But when the slap thing happened, the other part of my brain clicked! And I hit Di Caprio in the face."
An anecdote that has grace and that paints his desire to stand out to achieve the goal. Words that are mixed between the enthusiasm for making the world leap and showing that he can be on a par with the best in Hollywood. But that smile would fade later. And years later, she would be encouraged to talk about his suffering.
The trauma that haunts her
When talking about El Lobo..., she focused on the moment in which her character tries to seduce Leo's character in her daughter's room. “He doesn't show up when you're watching the movie, the audience doesn't see him, but we're actually in a small room with 30 crew members. All men. For 17 hours I pretended to be touching myself, ”she remarked in an interview with Porter magazine which immediately opened the controversy.
About those statements that Margot made with the annoyance in tow for what she faced during the filming of the film that, paradoxically, opened the doors to stardom, much was said in the press. It was said that she was not taken care of by the production, and it was discussed that, for this type of script, another harmony would have to be generated in the film sets. Greater care for actresses. Her testimony made several producers take this into account.
For now, she made reference to how she felt that day and everything she had to put aside to be able to move forward without being affected: "It's a very strange thing, you have to bury the shame and what seems absurd to you... It was really uncomfortable, deep and completely committed”.
It was she herself who spoke of harassment. She stated that after that she was able to realize what it truly means, by feeling it in her own flesh. “I am in my late twenties, I have studied, I have everything, I have worked, I have my own company. And she (however) didn't know what that was, about harassment. It's crazy. She didn't know you could say, 'I've been harassed' without anyone touching you. That you could say: 'This is not right. I had no idea...".
“Now I know what it is because as a result of the scenes, I have investigated what harassment consists of, how to be discriminated against because of your work or financially. I have fallen into machismo at some point in my life, now that I think about it and that I know what it is about,” Robbie remarked.
Going back to that moment and simulating the act before many people who were staring at her, she recounted part of her ritual so that she could do it without being embarrassed. Years later, in another interview - this time for the New York Times - she said: "That morning I went to work, I knew I had to do that scene, I was shaking, scared, all the time I thought I wasn't going to be able to do it. . When I arrived when it was my turn to do it, I had three shots of tequila and then I took off my clothes and did it. I was fine. It really helped keep my hands from shaking and gave me a little confidence boost.”
In another stage of her life, already absorbed in her auspicious present, Margot Robbie enjoys what she touches. What she saw she remembers as an episode that she was able to go through thanks to talking about it with the right people. And today is history. For now, she is preparing to put herself in the shoes of Barbie, a film based on the famous doll. And she is already clear that she will never accept certain situations again.