Real 'Wolf of Wall Street' Jordan Belfort says film is "bittersweet"

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Posted on January 21, 2014 at 2:39 PM

NEW YORK -- "The Wolf of Wall Street" could see a bullish year at the Oscars. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the drug-fueled, big-screen biography of Jordan Belfort. He enjoyed the good life while ripping off investors, but his spectacular fall included a prison stint. DiCaprio has already won a Golden Globe and snagged an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Wall Street high-roller Belfort.

"Entertainment Tonight" co-host Nancy O'Dell caught up with the real Jordan Belfort. The film revels in the excesses of Belfort's meteoric rise to power and riches and his dramatic fall.  Belfort told O’Dell he watched the film with mixed emotions as DiCaprio received an Oscar nomination for portraying his life.

"I wish he played me as if I was Jonas Salk and that was the character that  had done wonderful things so it's sort of bittersweet," he said. "A little bit because many of the things that the character did - I always say the character because it wasn't all me - some of it was fictionalized but a lot of the actions that are real, what I did do, I'm not proud of.”

Belfort says he is no longer the man portrayed in the movie. He says he's turned his life around making an honest living as a motivational speaker.  DiCaprio even appears in a promotional online video touting Belfort's services.

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