Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street is now in theaters, and for those who aren’t familiar with the film, it’s based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the hard-partying, drug-addicted stockbroker who was indicted in 1998 for security fraud and money laundering and served a 22-month federal prison stretch. The film also stars Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, and Matthew McConaughey. For more on the movie, watch the trailer.
A few days ago, I landed an exclusive interview with Scorsese’s longtime editor Thelma Schoonmaker. As a huge fan of her work, it was very cool to be able to talk to her. During the interview she discussed when she made the switch to cutting digitally, the original four-hour cut of The Wolf of Wall Street (and whether we’ll ever get to see it), the back-and-forth they had with the MPAA over the theatrical cut of the film, whether it was a tough edit, her memories of working on Goodfellas and Casino, why she doesn’t work with other filmmakers, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what she had to say and make sure to see The Wolf of Wall Street. It’s a great ride.