Martin Scorsese doesn’t do director’s cuts. And you’re not going get deleted scenes out of him too often either. While editor Thelma Schoonmaker revealed last month that the idea of releasing a 2-part, 4-hour version of “The Wolf Of Wall Street” was bandied about, that “version” will likely never see the light of day. As far as Scorsese is concerned, while there has been much chatter around that cut, for him it was just the first step of making any movie and it’s not his definitive vision.
The filmmaker recently chatted with Gold Derby about the movie, and when asked about the longer cut, Scorsese did tease that we might get to see some of that cutting room floor material. But he cautions anyone thinking that the 4-hour cut was anything more than just an assembly. “Well, I think there are some scenes we could make available, so to speak,” he said. “Quite honestly, the four-hour version was just the first cut. I mean, ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore‘…that was a three-hour, fifteen minute cut, the first cut, [but] the film is an hour and forty five. So it’s part of a filmmaking process. I don’t think there’s any major scene that I dropped. We did do some wonderful improvisations and some very funny moments we had to whittle down so to speak, and I do miss a few of those.”
So, what were the big difference between the 3 and 4-hour versions? When it comes down to it: rhythm. “But invariably, what happened from the four hour to the three hour version, is that finally I got the pace I wanted to. I finally got it going. I finally pushed and pushed and pushed and put the energy straight through the picture, and so it made it tighter,” Scorsese said, adding that if that meant making a two-hour movie, he would’ve done that.
Food for thought for those clamoring for more, more, more from a picture that certainly goes to the extreme of excess thematically and narratively. Check out the interview below, followed by a 12-minute conversation with Scorsese, Schoonmaker, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill and Margot Robbie, writer Terence Winter, costume designer Sandy Powell and casting director Ellen Lewis. And lastly, a 30-minute one-on-one interview with the Scorsese.