Scorsese might have to make a movie about his life.
The 2013 hit movie, The Wolf of Wall Street, was, in plainest terms, absurd. The film, which is based on Jordan Belfort's memoir of the same title, was about where money will take a person, and how it changes them.
People saw a lifestyle that they only heard about through whispers, and while it may seem like all fun and games, the film did a spectacular job of showing just how ugly we can all get. Now, it seems that life is really imitating art, as a huge money laundering scheme is coming to light.
The United States Department of Justice will be seizing all of the film's future profits, as it was funded by corrupt Malaysian officials who were supposed to use the money to better the people of their country.
The fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad, was set up to improve living conditions for the people of Malaysia. Instead, the money went to a $50 million penthouse in Chelsea, a $35 million jet, and more than $50 million to the making of The Wolf of Wall Street.
"The real question is this: was all this legal? Absolutely f*cking not!"
Low Taek Jho is identified in the suit for personally giving the film $10 million. During the credits you can even see his name under the "special thanks."
Jho is an infamous party animal, who lavished the lead actor of the film, Leonardo DiCaprio, with crazy gifts and money to gamble on. Jho would personally fly DiCaprio out to Vegas to gamble, party and, well... be Leonardo DiCaprio.
After winning the Golden Globe for acting in the film, DiCaprio even gave acknowledgment to Riza Aziz, the stepson of the Malaysian Prime Minister.
More than $3 billion were scammed and laundered through the 1Malaysia Development Berhad, but only about $1 billion has been found because of the American finical system.
So, it looks like the feds still have some digging to do and hopefully we get a movie about all this with Leo playing himself.[via The New York Post] [Feature Image Courtesy THR]