Back in December, a movie called the Wolf of Wall Street was released on the big screen. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? It was based on a book by the same name, penned by a man named Jordan Belfort while he was doing time for ripping off thousands of people via his boiler room operation, Stratton Oakmont. And while Belfort himself has offered glowing reviews of the film and the lengths Leonardo DiCaprio went to really capture his hooker-banging, Quaalude-snort essence, one man is not as pleased.
Andrew Greene is suing Paramount Pictures and others associated with the film, arguing that he…was unfairly depicted as morally bankrupt by actor P.J. Byrne. “The motion picture contains various scenes wherein Mr. Greene’s character is portrayed as a criminal, drug user, degenerate and/or devoid of any morality or ethics,” the suit states. “The motion picture’s scenes concerning Mr. Greene were false, defamatory, and fundamentally injurious to Mr. Greene’s professional reputation, both as an attorney and as an investment banker/venture capitalist, as well as his personal reputation.” Greene’s lawyer, Aaron Goldsmith, said Greene was actually one of the few responsible workers at the now-infamous stock firm for which he and Belfort worked. “Andrew Greene worked diligently to create an environment of regulatory compliance and oversight at Stratton Oakmont,” said Goldsmith, who is handling Greene’s case with lawyer Stephanie Ovadia. “He was the driving force behind the implementation of several such procedures.”
Whether these procedures were successful or not is beside the point. Also beside the point are Greene’s complaints about being a degenerate. If Scorsese wanted to portray him as such for entertainment value, fine. That’s his prerogative as a filmmaker and really, what can be said about a man’s professional reputation that has not already been said by having the title “Chief Compliance Officer” and “Stratton Oakmont” on his resumé? But when Martin Scorsese made the decision to make a mockery of Greene’s toupée, in not one but several scenes, he went too far. Much too far.
Presented as Nicky “Rugrat” Koskoff in the Martin Scorsese-directed flick, lawyer Andrew Greene’s character is repeatedly mocked for his dubious mane, the lawsuit says. “In multiple scenes in the movie, Rugrat’s use of a toupee is accentuated and mocked in an egregiously offensive manner,” states Greene’s suit, filed in federal court on Long Island. “The motion picture introduces Rugrat by referencing his ‘piece of s–t hairpiece.’ ”
Not just offensive but egregiously offensive. One joke about the rug, fine, that’s understandable, but to carry it on throughout the whole film? Well that just hurts, even more than it hurts to remove a toupee after it’s been glued down using double-sided adhesives. Not that you, Martin Scorsese, would ever know.
So here’s what Greene wants: 1. Damages, naturally, for the emotional stress this episode has caused him and 2. For the entire movie to be reedited, with the scenes in which his piece makes an appearance deleted.
In addition to the cash awards, Greene also wants the film yanked from theaters and his character scrubbed.
And don’t even think about calling to say sorry to Greene. Say sorry to the toupee.