Leonardo DiCaprio has revealed he approached his latest character in Martin Scorsese's Wolf of Wall Street like a "Roman emperor during the fall of the Roman Empire", adding that the role of the work hard play hard banker was about giving in to every temptation.
After working together on four previous movies including The Departed and Gangs of New York, Martin Scorsese and his favourite lead are back in the movie based on the debauched tales of real life stockbroker Jordan Belfont.
Starring alongside fellow Hollywood hottie Matthew McConaughey, the film tells the story of the rise and fall of the party boy, based on Belfont's best-selling memoir.
To tap into the mindset of Belfont, Leo admits he had a bit of Roman inspiration, especially when it came to the scenes involving the banker's drug use and bedroom antics:
"I approached this as a Roman emperor during the fall of the Roman Empire. And when you take on that mentality and you basically say these characters are incredibly hedonistic and they give in to every possible temptation and they have no regard for anyone except themselves," the actor told the Telegraph as he arrived at the film's premiere in New York on Tuesday.
Leonardo DiCaprio has reunited with Martin Scorsese for Wolf of Wall Street (WENN)
Leo also revealed just what an inspiration his director and friend Scorsese is, gushing when asked if he would be working with the movie bigshot again for a sixth time:
"I hope. I hope. I could only be so lucky," adding "I mean I've learned so much about not only the history of cinema, what it is, what's important about making movies but film as an art form and I've become a better actor in the process. It's been a huge gift to collaborate with him every time and this in a lot of ways I think is our most experimental work."
The Wolf of Wall Street hits UK cinemas in January.