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Based on a True Story

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We've all seen the movies that claim to be 'based on a true story', but have you ever wondered how historically accurate they are? That's what we'll find out as we compare Hollywood with history.


The Wolf of Wall Street

The latest in the line of collaborations between actor Leonardo DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese is 2013's The Wolf of Wall Street. It received positive reviews, and also held the honor of topping the most-pirated films list of 2014. That's according to copyright tracking firm Excipio, which puts out a list of the most pirated films each year. Their report indicated The Wolf of Wall Street was the most-pirated in 2014 with over 30 million illegal downloads.

But that didn't stop The Wolf of Wall Street from raking in almost $400 million, about four times what it cost to make, and making it Martin Scorsese's highest-grossing film.

Oh, and as a fun little fact, the movie also had variations on the F-word being said 569 times. Since the film clocks in at an even 180 minutes, or exactly three hours, that comes to 3.16 uses per minute.

That's the most uses in a mainstream film, assuming you don't count 2014's Swearnet: The Movie and a documentary dedicated to the word. And the swearing is just part of it. The film was on the path to an NC-17 rating thanks to rampent use of explicit sex, drugs and, of course, the swearing. But that wouldn't work in theaters, so Scorsese agreed to remove a few scenes filled with sex and nudity so it could get an R rating.

If you've seen the movie, you'll know how crazy the story is. Surely most of that was added for the big screen. Or was it?

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