Or maybe not.
A California lawyer who is portrayed in the Oscar-nominated film, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” does not exactly like the way his character snorts cocaine, has sex with prostitutes and repeatedly loses control of his wig throughout the three-hour movie.
Andrew Greene is suing the filmmakers for $25 million. Though the character Nicky “Rugrat” Koskoff, in the movie does not use his name, Greene says it is clear the character is based on him.
Greene worked with Jordan Belfort, whose 2007 memoir the film is based on, at his securities brokerage in the 1990s. For those who have not seen the film, it follows Belfort and his cronies in a series of drug-addled escapades that often involve hookers, piles of money and fast cars, before the company (and the fun) ultimately implode.
Greene takes issue with the film showing the Rugrat character snorting cocaine on company premises, shaving a woman’s head and assisting in a money laundering scheme. Oh, and he also does not like how the character’s wig is continuously mocked throughout the film.
In his lawsuit, Greene claims the film permanently damaged his professional and personal reputation.