From an interview she gave this week to Harper’s Bazaar, here’s Margot Robbie explaining the key moment which landed her the biggest role of her life alongside Leo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street:
OK, so: big open room, video camera, Ellen Lewis is filming. Just me, Marty and Leo.” In the scene, Robbie’s character and DiCaprio’s character…are on their first date. ‘We get three lines into it and he says something and, subconsciously, I roll my eyes. And Leo’s like, ‘What was that look for?’ And I’m thinking, in my head: ‘That’s not a line! Is he really asking me that? Should I explain?’ And then I realise he’s ad-libbing. I’m like, ‘Oh, shit. He’s improvising! I need to improvise now!’
“So I’m failing miserably. And Leo’s phenomenal. He’s powerful. He can do his part and he can do your part at the same time with his eyes closed. I’m barely getting a word in. When I do it’s not anything interesting — I just look pathetic.”
Next scene…Robbie again: “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, ‘F*ck 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!’”
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Well, turned out to be a great choice because she was awesome in Wolf of Wall Street. Looked great and acted great too. But finding out she smacked Leo’s head off his shoulders to get the part just makes it even better. Not every actress would have the balls/brains to pull that off as opposed to just doing what Leo says. Wannabe actors and actresses better take notes.
You just know she’s going to blow up massively the next few years too.
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