Red Granite Pictures Inc., better known as the producer of “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” has been ordered to pay the US government $60 million in settlement money for stealing money and assets from a Malaysian state investment fund.
The suit claims that Red Granite Pictures used the money to fund the movie, however it has not been disclosed exactly how much money was siphoned. Red Granite Pictures cofounder – also the stepson of Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak – has denied all wrongdoing.
“We are glad to finally put this matter behind us and look forward to refocusing all of our attention back on our film business,” Red Granite said after the suit was settled.
This has got to be one of the least surprising things I’ve read on the internet. I mean, is anyone really shocked that the producers of the “Wolf Of Wall Street” mishandled money? The entire movie is about fraud, embezzling funds, and royally screwing over more vulnerable people. Method actors already exist, who’s to say that method producers don’t also exist?
“The Wolf Of Wall Street” is so good, I felt like I was Jordan Belfort when I walked out of the theater. Now imagine working on the movie for months. Day in and day out, you’re studying what happened at Stratton Oakmont. You’re learning the ins and outs of penny stocks. You’re learning how to screw people over. And you just happen to work with a guy who knows some less than savory characters in Malaysia. And they offer to hook you up and help fund this movie that’s sure to be a blockbuster.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not condoning this kind of behavior and these guys deserve every bit of punishment they get. I’m just saying that in the fog of the production of “The Wolf Of Wall Street,” not every man is strong enough to resist temptation.
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