Matthew McConaughey Sinks His Teeth Into Scorsese's Wolf Of Wall Street

By Sean O'Connell 2012-08-02 12:54:22discussion comments
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Alright, alright, alright! Matthew McConaughey appears to be moving from the seedy strip clubs of Magic Mike to an altogether equally seedy environment – Wall Street – for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming drama. TheWrap.com reports that McConaughey has joined Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, where he’ll play Mark Hanna, a boss and professional mentor to up-and-coming financial trader Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio). Scorsese is working from Belfort’s own memoir, which documents his meteoric rise through the Wall Street ranks, as well as his subsequent fall triggered by substance abuse problems and a rocky personal life.

McConaughey is in good company. In addition to DiCaprio (starring in his fifth Scorsese film), Wolf of Wall Street stars Jonah Hill, Jon Favreau, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, P.J. Byrne and The Artist star Jean Dujardin, recent winner of the Best Actor Oscar.

More importantly, McConaughey has proven himself worthy to run in such a distinguished pack. For years, the laconic Texan was content to take his shirt off an moon over some pretty lead in a toothless rom-com. But McConaughey has repeatedly challenged himself with difficult roles over the past few years, working with top-notch directors like William Friedkin (Killer Joe), Steve Soderbergh (Magic Mike), and Richard Linklater (with whom he reunited for Bernie). The actor might not be ready to completely bid farewell to the days of Failure to Lauch and The Wedding Planner. And if we’re being honest, he’s quite good as the male lead in those formulaic throwaways. But he’s also showing us that he’s good in dramas, too, and Wolf is instantly more interesting with him involved.
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