A United States animal rights group has organized a boycott that’s against Scorsese’s drama for use-of a chimpanzee in 1 of its’ earlier scenes. The chimpanzee, who plays DiCaprio’s pet, roller skates through the company’s offices in slacks and a collared shirt. FOA (abbreviation for Friends of Animals ) thinks that the chimpanzee by the name Chance, suffered irreversible psychological damage after he was forced to act. Chance played a pet of the Wall-Street mogul Jordan Belfort (Leonardo Dicaprio), based on the real life stockbroker. The Chimp often roller skates through the offices wearing a button down shirt & slacks.
According to the press release, New York director of FOA, Edita Birnkrant plans on confronting Martin Scorsese & Leonardo DiCaprio. Edita wrote an expose on animals in the entertainment industry; Hollywood’s Betrayal of Great Apes, in a more recent issue of Action line, the organization’s magazine. Edita Birnkrant argues that the Chimp, who was a subject to cruel teaching ways of the circus trainer earlier-in his life, may suffer from neurotic-behaviors, ultimately making him incapable of socially-interacting with the other chimps, because of his appearance/look in the film.
The movie also features a lion, dogs and a fish. Birnkrant adds that the chimp is most likely to suffer from negative behaviors. In the article titled “Animals in-Entertainment; Hollywood Betrayal of the Great Apes” in Action Line magazine, Edita details Chance’s “life-story of exploitation” & describes “cruel teaching methods and techniques” used by the circus trainer.
The Wolf of Wall Street, a 3 hour black comedy regarding a notorious financial fraudster by the name of Jordan Belfort, was recently named 1 of the top 10 movies of the year by American Film Institute & is being tipped for an Oscars success. The film’s early scenes basically depict some chaotic parties in offices of Jordan Belfort’s in the 1990s Long Island brokerage house Stratton Oakmont, however his real life partner denied suggestions that a chimpanzee was-ever present. Danny Porush, a character who Jonah Hill portrays in this movie, told Mother Jones that “there wasn’t a chimpanzee in-the office.” As a matter of fact, “there weren’t any animals/primates in the offices.” The movie never explains the actual meaning of the primate’s role.
Criticism of The Wolf of Wall Street use of a chimp arrives as Hollywood comes under ever increasing scrutiny for its’ employment of various animals on the screen. Hollywood Reporter recently, published a report that accused industry body The American Humane Association of negligence. The organization, that issues the coveted “There were no-animals harmed in the making-of this picture” stamp which adorns many Hollywood films, was accused-of turning a blind-eye to the mistreatment of various animals on most of the sets in major films.
We all know that a stock broker’s income can be very high, however, in an effort to illustrate that, I believe the director Martin Scorsese decided the chimp would best demonstrate the vast wealth Jordan Belfort received being a stock broker.