Margot Robbie got her big break in Hollywood by playing the part of Naomi Lapaglia in The Wolf of Wall Street. The alluring Australian actress was recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and her entry was written by The Wolf of Wall Street director Martin Scorsese. Here’s what Scorsese had to say about the Australian actress and how she landed the part:
Like no one else—that’s what Margot Robbie’s like. She clinched her part in The Wolf of Wall Street during our first meeting—by hauling off and giving Leonardo DiCaprio a thunderclap of a slap on the face, an improvisation that stunned us all. Margot is stunning in all she is and all she does, and she will astonish us forever.
Something tells me if you were to slap Leo in the face you wouldn’t get the same praise and a part in a Scorsese flick, but rather hit with assault charges.
Margot told Harper’s Bazaar about the improvised “thunderclap.”
“In my head I was like, ‘You have literally 30 seconds left in this room and if you don’t do something impressive nothing will ever come of it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance, just take it.’ And so I start screaming at him and he’s yelling back at me. And he’s really scary. I can barely keep up. And he ends it saying, ‘You should be happy to have a husband like me. Now get over here and kiss me.’ So I walk up really close to his face and then I’m like, ‘Maybe I should kiss him. When else am I ever going to get a chance to kiss Leo DiCaprio, ever?’ But another part of my brain clicks and I just go, Whack! I hit him in the face. And then I scream, ‘Fuck you!’ And that’s not in the script at all. The room just went dead silent and I froze.
I’m thinking, ‘You just hit Leonardo DiCaprio in the face. They’re going to arrest you because that’s assault. You’re definitely never going to work again, that’s for sure. They’ll probably sue you as well in case there’s a bruise on his face and he needs to film something else.’
And then all of a sudden Marty and Leo just burst out laughing. Marty says, ‘That was great!” Leo’s like, “Hit me again!'”
*Slaps dad in the face*
“Just practicing for my audition pops.”
*Gets thrown down the flight of stairs*
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