Matthew McConaughey’s Wolf Of Wall Street Role: What You Need To Know About His Famous Chant And The Movie

You can’t deny that Matthew McConaughey’s Wolf Of Wall Street chant and chest-thumping was random, and it was also improvised, and Leonard DiCaprio played a part in making it happen. The film’s director, Martin Scorsese, knew that it would fit the scene perfectly, so he just went along with the actor’s improvisation. Of course, he has the eye for spotting something amazing improvised lines as he has made some of the best classics since the 70s, from Raging Bull to Taxi Driver to The Irishman.

But what went on in McConaughey’s mind to add that chant in the film? What’s the story behind it, and how did DiCaprio and Scorsese react when it was happening? Well, you would have to read on to find out the story behind that few seconds of chanting and chest-thumping that made the lunch scene in the film more iconic.

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But First, Let’s Talk More About Matthew McConaughey

While Matthew McConaughey is one of the most recognizable actors working in Hollywood today, it’s easy for many to overlook some fun facts about him, especially as he’s been active in the industry for more than thirty years. You might forget that his breakout role was the 1993 comedy coming-of-age film Dazed and Confused; he has appeared in many other films since then. Earlier in his career, he starred in mostly romantic comedy films until he established himself as a serious actor worthy of bigger roles.

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Some of the films McConaughey starred in include Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Contact, The Wedding Planner, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Tropic Thunder, Magic Mike, Interstellar, and many more. Among these movies that brought him many accolades and praises, one of the most notable is his Dallas Buyers Club role as Ron Woodroof, which got him the Academy Award for Best Actor in 2013.

Then, of course, Matthew McConaughey’s Wolf Of Wall Street supporting role deserves a special mention as he elevated the film to a whole new level with his acting chops. To this day, people still talk about his lunch scene with Leonard DiCaprio and his infamous chant that he has discussed in detail in his YouTube account. Let’s find out what he said about the iconic scene.

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Matthew McConaughey’s Wolf Of Wall Street Chant

There is no doubt that Matthew McConaughey is the King Midas of the film industry as every role he touches turns to gold, and his role in Martin Scorsese’s film is no different. Even if he is in the film for a limited time, his scene where his character Mark Hanna was having lunch with Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort to welcome him to Wall Street became iconic. McConaughey explained in his YouTube channel that every time he reads the scripts of his films, there would be a few lines that would allow his imagination to soar and explore his role more by improvising. He calls these “launchpad lines,” which he mostly had in his Magic Mike and Dazed and Confused characters.

When McConaughey read about his role as Mark Hanna is a typical Wall Street drugs-obsessed businessman, he knew he had to add flavor to it by using his weird chant he has created for himself. The chant is actually part of Matthew McConaughey’s acting ritual or preparation – some sort of relaxation routine to get him in character before shooting his scenes. He claims that doing this before filming helps him get out of his thoughts, and he did it in front of Leonardo DiCaprio while they were rehearsing the lunch scene. The latter saw the potential it could bring to the film and suggested that Martin Scorsese retake the scene and include it in the film. So they redid the scene, and the actor nailed it in one take, and the rest is The Wolf of Wall Street history.


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Matthew McConaughey’s Wolf Of Wall Street chant quickly became one of the film’s most interesting and talked-about elements. His fans say that it’s on the same level as his Dazed And Confused line “Alright, alright, alright,” so they all made the right choice to incorporate it in the final film.

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The Legacy Of The Wolf Of Wall Street

The Wolf Of Wall Street’s awards are plentiful, and it remains one of the most acclaimed films of Martin Scorsese. Some of the accolades it received include five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actor for Jonah Hill. While Matthew McConaughey’s Wolf Of Wall Street appearance also deserved a nomination at the very least, the Academy Awards snubbed him.

The Guinness Book of World Records has also ranked The Wolf of Wall Street as the film with the most number of swearing. It is also a controversial film for its explicit sexual content, drug use, animal props, and being morally ambiguous in depicting Jordan Belfort’s crimes. Of course, there’s also Margot Robbie in her breakout role as Naomi Lapaglia, who was so stunning that Jonah Hill’s Donnie Azoff said, “I would let that girl give me f**king AIDS.” So, yes, that’s what we mean by it being controversial.

DiCaprio’s “Sell me this pen,” McConaughey’s chant, and their Fugazi Wolf of Wall Street, and many more were also some of the lines and scenes that the film will always be known for. Now, that’s how you make a film – you make it controversial, fun, random, spontaneous, explicit, and intense. Like what one of the film’s characters says to DiCaprio’s role in one scene, “Risk is what keeps us young.” And it’s also what makes a great film.

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Leonard hails from the Philippines and works as a freelancer, author, poet, and visual artist. He discovered his passion for writing and painting at an early age, leading him to pursue a degree in Mass Communications. He worked at a few places after college before landing what he thought was a "life-changing" writing career. He was also the lead singer and songwriter for a band. His career as an English teacher, poet, and visual artist took him to Hanoi, Vietnam, in 2018. You can see more of his work on Instagram at @anumalei.