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January 17th, 2014
11:45 PM ET

Monday, the real "Wolf of Wall Street", Jordan Belfort joins Piers Morgan in a live interview

Crook? Charmer? Or perhaps most likely, a bit of both? With his life's decadent downfall now playing out on the silver screen, on Monday evening the real-life version of “The Wolf of Wall Street” visits the "Piers Morgan Live" studio, as Jordan Belfort sits down for an exclusive interview.

The Academy Award-nominated film, which features Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role, chronicles the rapid rise and crumbling fall of the stockbroking scoundrel, in the process detailing the antihero’s less than noble path to success, and his notorious partying antics along the way.

Though Martin Scorsese's three hour feature has been an unequivocal box office success, many critics argue that the project inappropriately glorifies the villainous lifestyle of many Wall Street tycoons, including those who have yet to receive just retribution.

But DiCaprio, who has received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Belfort, denies that this was the film’s intention. In an interview with HitFix the man who has depicted everyone from Jay Gatsby to Howard Hughes to J. Edgar Hoover interprets the film's message differently:

“To me, this attitude of what these characters represent in this film are ultimately everything that's wrong with the world we live in," DiCaprio said.

How does the real Belfort feel about being played by one of Hollywood’s finest? And, what will he going to do with the money he earns from a film that has already grossed more than 74 million dollars?

For answers to these questions, and a complete collection of additional inquiries, tune to CNN at 9p on Monday evening.
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  1. Elizabeth

    Jordan Belfort says on his website that his clients include G.E., Hewlett Packard, Virgin Atalantic and lo and behold the Federal Reserve. Really? The logos of these companies he includes on his client page look a little suspect to me. Piers, can you help get to the bottom of this?

    January 18, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Rob H

    I just finished watching the movie, just fantastic, I'd like to know how accurate the scene of him driving home on the Lemmons are.
    Also, what kind of percentage does he get from the movie?

    January 18, 2014 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • montywolfcycling

      Not sure about the scene, but from what I've read essentially all his proceeds from his book and the film go back to repaying his old clients. So he's getting very little, if anything.

      January 20, 2014 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Korda

    Can't believe you can be a crook and still make tons of money selling BS. God bless America.

    January 19, 2014 at 7:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Reality check

    Jordan Belfort is nothing but white trash in a suit and tie. People who are happy with themselves and have self respect don't do the things this man does. This guy embodies the meaning of the term loser. If you think that the size of your bank account is indicative of your worth as a human being then I feel truly sorry for you.

    January 19, 2014 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Dana

    Belfort is only sorry he got caught. He sold all his 'friends' down the river to save himself from a long jail sentence. Wish the feds wouldn't make deals with this kind of trash.

    January 19, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Christa Marie

    & also, Trash to Treasure Jordon. You are not and never were trash!!!

    January 20, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Christa Marie

    oh and PS... READ THE BOOK!!! This man is a diamond in the rough,,, I think God to see someone be honest. its about darn time people stopped hiding under a pile of lies. Past is PAST, I'm grateful he shared his story. It was funny, it was manipulative, it was crazy lunatic stuff, but then honestly what person on earth would be so BRAVE to share their crazy past on paperback. The book is inspiring. So I choose to look at the LOVE and HUMANITY part of this man's story and give him the credit of telling his side of the story HIS WAY!! I'm sure he's been crucified and for what telling a true story RAGS TO RICHES... I feel if any thing it should OPEN EYES and challenge humanity in all our lives. No one's perfect, and everyone can and deserves a second chance!! Bravo Jordon Belfort!! You've made peace with your past by being honest with yourself, which is the path to PEACE!!

    January 20, 2014 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Namae

    How about proofread your article before publishing it? Rebecca blew it. "And, what will he going to do with the money he earns from a film that has already grossed more than 74 million dollars?"

    January 20, 2014 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Christa Marie

      Why not proof read your own stuff?? and who is Rebecca!!?

      January 20, 2014 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. sal

    Jordan Belfort belongs in jail for life instead gets a movie

    January 20, 2014 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Larry Brown

    Why does Piers come off with this "holier than thou" questioning? If Jordan is making an honest attempt to pay these people back why does he have to meet with them? Piers always seems to be looking for some sort of contrition that he believes should be paid. Who is he to determine what should be done? Especially if the courts haven't.

    January 20, 2014 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. nancimeek

    Our family were victims of fraud thanks to Kelly Gearhart of San Luis Obispo who has been indicted for ripping off investors for over $400 million dollars. His attorney, Robert Jones forged our father's signature to gain control of his probate. They took over $650,000 after colluding with our stepmother to cash out our father's stocks right after he died. They put the money (so they said) into a phony indian casino called Pe ji Ho Ta. Why isn't anyone reporting on that story?

    January 20, 2014 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • nancimeek

      For more on Kelly Gearhart and more on our story

      January 20, 2014 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • nancimeek

      Chuck Lidell the UFC fighter was also a victim of the fraud

      January 20, 2014 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. jerry

    He riped off the richest 1% of people these were all multimillionaires. You wold think that the richest people in america wouldbe alot smarter. Had he riped off the dumbest and poorest he would have never been arested instead he goes to jail for taking chump change from the richest people in america poo boo.

    January 20, 2014 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. RealOscar

    Excellent questioning. Bravo to Mr. Morgan. Belfort still sees only money and not the people and the pain that he caused. Belfort is trying, in the way that he does understand. Mr. Morgan got to the heart of the issue.

    January 21, 2014 at 3:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. John Struggledork

    the movie is like watching Rome burn whilst Nero plays the fiddle. The movie is insanity and stupidity at there very best.

    January 21, 2014 at 3:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Ron McKee

    If CNN wants to really be of value to the public a follow up program of a psychologist experienced in psychopaths analyzing Jordan Belfort in his interview with piers Morgan would enlighten the public to the ever present "wolves" in society.
    Belfort is highly charismatic; has no remorse (only targeted rich people); promises to pay it back (how much of the $12 million claimed paid back is true?); didn't occur to him to reconcile with victims but readily agreed to meet with some when suggested and showed no concern at all in facing those to whom he targeted...
    The guy is a psychopath. Read "Without Conscience" by Dr. Robert Hare.

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