Leonardo DiCaprio talks 'Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Titanic'

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Posted on February 20, 2014 at 2:32 PM

It took Leonardo DiCaprio seven years to get "The Wolf of Wall Street" into movie theaters. DiCaprio is nominated for two Oscars for the film: one as a producer, the other for his portrayal of Jordan Belfort, a stockbroker who cheated investors out of millions.

Recently, DiCaprio sat down with "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King to discuss the film and the character he plays. Read some of the highlights from their conversation below.

KING: What made you say, "I wanna play that guy"?

DiCAPRIO: You know, this kind of culture -- for a lot of us as artists, we wanted to put it up on the screen. This attitude that is very real and very apparent in the world we live in, and incredibly destructive. We knew that people were going to have a reaction to these people. Our question was, "Would people even go to a movie with Wall Street in the title?" because there was such a bad taste in people's mouths about this world.

KING: And you've heard the criticism that, "Yeah, but you all didn't show the other side, the people that were hurt, the --"

DiCAPRIO: Yeah.

KING: "People whose lives were destroyed."

DiCAPRIO: Well, it's really the first time that I've been a part of a movie that's had any real controversy behind it."

KING: Really?

DiCAPRIO: So, I had to kind of look to Marty (Martin Scorsese) to see, "Okay, how do we react to this?" But what was interesting for me -- not only making the movie, but the dialogue that happened afterwards, because that's what movies can do.

KING: You have said that you've never done drugs.

DiCAPRIO: Uh-huh.

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