Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf Of Wall Street has been banned in Malaysia and Nepal.
The movie has also had three scenes cut in India, writes the Hollywood Reporter. The banned scenes include the movie’s gay orgy, Jonah Hill masturbating and Leonardo DiCaprio blowing cocaine up a woman’s bottom with a straw.
Christian Mercuri, president of international at the film’s production company Red Granite has commented: “Some of the content in the film makes it difficult in certain territories where they have censorship and can even ban films. It certainly concerns us that anyone is cutting our film, but every territory is different… You try to make a film for a worldwide audience. This is a spectacular movie, all three hours of it. It’s a shame that certain countries don’t allow art to be screened in its entirety.”
DiCaprio stars as Jordan Belfort in the film, a flashy New York stockbroker whose extravagant New York lifestyle comes to a sudden end when he’s convicted of fraud and money laundering. It’s based on Belfort’s bestselling memoir of the same name, which was published in 2008.
Alongside DiCaprio, the film’s cast includes The Walking Dead‘s Jon Bernthal, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Spike Jonze, Margot Robbie, Joanna Lumley and The Artist‘s Jean Dujardin. The Wolf Of Wall Street has come in for criticism for its depictions of greed and immoral behaviour. DiCaprio has defended the film’s content, however, saying it should serve as a cautionary tale.
The film is Scorsese’s fifth collaboration with DiCaprio following Gangs Of New York, The Aviator, The Departed and Shutter Island. DiCaprio took home a Best Actor award at the Golden Globes for his leading role in the picture and has been nominated for an Academy Award for his role. The film has also been nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill).