‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ is hunting for Oscars, while the real-life mutt the film is based upon is begging for scraps.
A repentant Jordan Belfort, the real “Wolf of Wall Street,” played brilliantly by Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated film, continued his 2014 contrition tour on last week’s “Piers Morgan Live,” where he delivered a noteworthy performance of his own.
“I live with remorse, and that means I go out and do things actively to make up for the wrongs that I committed in the past,” the sorry swindler told the smarmy CNN host.
Belfort, a 51-year-old Queens native, is continuing to use Scorsese’s three-hour condemnation of how he fleeced investors to promote his wealth-building business.
Belfort’s Straight Line Persuasion system, a 10-CD, 10-DVD package that aims to teach “persuasion strategies” and selling techniques, is sold on jordanbelfort.com for $1,997.
Leo DiCaprio portrays Belfort in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’
Some of Belfort’s clients have included Virgin Atlantic, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard and Deutsche Bank.
“Can You Really Use ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’s’ Sales Tactics to Ethically Persuade People and Make Money?” asks the front page of his website. In a rambling, 34-minute in-house video/sales pitch, Belfort says yes.
While he said the Straight Line Persuasion system “allowed me to take these talentless dimwits and turn them into world-class salespeople,” the self-proclaimed “#1 1 sales trainer alive” admits “the mistake that I made is that I didn’t combine that with ethics.”
Jonah Hill (left) and DiCaprio in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ Belfort insists he is not profiting from the film itself.
On Monday, Belfort told Morgan: “What impressed Leo about my new life so much is that he saw me make this radical turn, and I think that moved him.”
Spoiler alert: DiCaprio appears at the end of the video to promote Belfort’s services, which include motivational speaking seminars.
Belfort recently went on Facebook to insist that he wasn’t profiting from the Scorsese film itself, and he doubled down on that claim on CNN. Though how soon he’ll repay the 1,500-plus people he ripped off remains unclear.
On July 18, 2003, the Justice Department ordered Belfort to pay 50% of his earnings toward restitution. Belfort said that he’d take it a step further and give 100% of his “Wolf” book profits to make amends.
It’s not shocking that Belfort’s financial dealings continue to be closely scrutinized. The Federal government claimed last October that the ex-con had coughed up only $11.6 million of $110.4 million in restitution he was ordered to pay in 2003, when he was sentenced to 22 months for securities violations.
Belfort didn’t return our requests for comment.
Jennifer Garner and son Samuel have a blast.
Jennifer Garner plays adorable mommy as she spins son Samuel Affleck, 2, around at Holmby Park in the Westwood neighborhood of L.A.
The 41-year-old actress and wife of Academy Award winner Ben Affleck had herself a cup of coffee and brought the little guy a cookie. Awwwww.
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Vanessa Hudgens got deep into her research for her role as a homeless pregnant teen in ‘Gimme Shelter.’
HOW HUDGENS FOUND ‘SHELTER’
It was a case of gimme experience. To prepare for her role as a homeless pregnant teen in “Gimme Shelter,” Vanessa Hudgens hung out at a real women’s shelter.
“I just spent as much time as I could with the girls and slowly tried to ease my way into their lives,” she told [email protected] at the Cinema Society screening for the film at the Museum of Modern Art. “I would just sit outside and work on my script and come in and ask them, if I had any questions.”
TIME TO SWITCH THE DESCHANEL
Her outfit may be sunny, but Zooey Deschanel couldn’t turn her frown upside down on the Los Angeles set of “New Girl” recently. Wearing a yellow striped mini-dress and neon flats, the sitcom star crossed her arms and pouted between scenes for the Fox show. Rumors are swirling that Deschanel is behaving like a diva on set and alienating the cast.
SEEN & HEARD …
The fourth annual Tequila Don Julio party will happen Friday with a pop-up nightclub featuring sets by DJs Ruckus and Politik. … Lance Bass singing and dancing to Justin Timberlake’s “My Love” in the McDonald’s McCafe lounge at Sundance. … Jordin Sparks and fiancé Jason Derulo, along with Flo Rida, will host a Super Bowl party with a set by DJ Whoo Kid at WIP in New York City on Wednesday. … Russell Simmons and Def Jam will mark their 30th anniversary and the Super Bowl Friday night with an event at Hudson Hotel, featuring a DJ set by Mick, with Rick Ross hosting.
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Courteney Cox tells More readers to ‘buck up’ when it comes to aging.
GOOD OL’ COURTENEY
Courteney Cox made friends with the new issue of More magazine and said she’s fine with getting older.
“Buck up,” the 49-year-old actress advised the mag’s readers. “It ain’t easy. Go to the doctor. Drink water. Exercise. I get massages — anything for your circulation. Stretch. It’s all about keeping that body moving.” Cox also said she enjoys nature more as she gets older. “I didn’t appreciate flowers when I was in my 20s — thought they were a waste of money,” she confessed. “I’d buy a shirt instead.”
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Cox in the pages of More.
THEY’LL CHEER UP LAUTNER
Two girls, one hunk. “Twilight” star Taylor Lautner scored a lucky seat in the front row of the UCLA Bruins vs. Stanford Cardinal game at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles on Thursday. Happily for him, the action on the court was temporarily obscured by the action from the cheerleaders, who provided a better view.
Michael B. Jordan was happy to star in the lighthearted movie ‘That Awkward Moment’ after his heavy role in ‘Fruitvale Station.’
LIVING IN THE ‘MOMENT’
Having established himself as a bona fide star in last year’s tragic “Fruitvale Station,” Michael B. Jordan is just happy that his character in “That Awkward Moment” lived to tell. “I didn’t die in this film, which was amazing,” Jordan said at the film’s Sunshine Landmark Theater premiere on the Lower East Side.
“It was good to switch it up and do something a little more lighthearted and actually live through the film.”
SHORT-LISTED FOR GRAMMY
Between shopping and filming scenes for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” British songstress Rita Ora found time to attend a pre-Grammys party at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood on Thursday night. Wearing a supershort Alexandre Vauthier number, Ora partied with Iggy Azalea and T.I., and she happily posed for photos.
Bronx boxing judge Harold Lederman says Broncos will win big in Super Bowl.
Bronx-born boxing judge Harold Lederman tells [email protected] the Broncos will win the Super Bowl, 42-28, but wishes his Jets were playing in it.
“I am probably one of the last original New York Jets season ticket holders still alive,” said Lederman, who turns 74 today.
“My wife, Eileen, and I bought our season tickets 48 years ago before they played their first game at Shea Stadium.”
He adds, regretfully, “Unfortunately, my Jets have only been to the big game once, but I am proud to say I was there during the [Joe] Namath era.”
Lederman says that when it comes to being tough guys, boxers would KO pro football players.
“Fighters are superior athletes, since they have no blockers in front of them and it is just mano a mano,” he says.
“Football players work hard with their conditioning programs, and certainly have better resources available to them to stay in shape,” he says. “But fighters have a greater resolve and will to win, which drives them.”
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LuAnn de Lesseps was sweating up a storm at Barry’s Bootcamp.
TOUGH STINT IN BOOTY CAMP
“Real Housewives of New York” star LuAnn de Lesseps was keeping her model body in shape at Barry’s Bootcamp in New York recently, a spy tells us.
While her class sweated up a storm, Countess LuAnn looked flawless and her hair and makeup stayed perfect. She was overheard saying she was there to work on her booty. Looks good to us! The new season of the Bravo series will begin airing March 13.
WE ISLIPPED UP
We may have accidentally stirred up a civil war between the Islips. After reporting Thursday that East Islip native Boomer Esiason would be “honored” at a Thursday Friars Club Roast, our phone lines lit up with complaints that Esiason was, in fact, a West Islip native. Esiason reps clarified for us that the 6-foot-5 former football star was indeed born in West Islip, but raised in Great River, East Islip. So, as Boomer might say, “Go Redmen!” (that’s East Islip High).
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