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As the inspiration for both the book and the film, Jordan Belfort's "Wolf of Wall Street" words flew off the page, while his over-the-top persona exploded on-screen. But to some, the line between fiction and reality has been blurred, with bridges being burned in the process.
Andrew Greene maintains that the character of Nicky Koskoff is based entirely on him, and he's hardly happy with the likeness.
A former employee of the brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont, Greene was nicknamed "Wigwam," a nod to his ever-present toupee. In the movie, Koskoff is called "Rugrat." To Greene however, neither moniker is as egregious as "Wolf," a cover identity he insists Belfort created to compensate for literal and figurative shortcomings.
"Jordan Belfort, who was someone who I considered a brother, is selling a bill of goods to you and to the rest of the world right now. [Belfort] grew up as somebody that had an inferiority complex, who was smaller than everyone else, who wasn't the best athlete. Didn't have his first girlfriend until he was in college. What he's portraying to you is this Napoleonic complex that he had," Green told Piers Morgan in Tuesday's live interview. "When they say 'Wolf of Wall Street,' I'd like to know anybody who can tell me that anyone ever called him that."
Claiming that his portrayal in the movie cost him his reputation and his relationships, Greene is suing Paramount Pictures, along with three other production companies, for 25 million dollars. Seated across from the "Piers Morgan Live" host, on Monday he remained steadfast that he is Koskoff, that Koskoff is him, and that in real life, much of what went down in the movie never occurred during his tenure at Stratton Oakmont.
"I am telling you that that was me, period, that I'm the only person who was in a position of authority when it came to corporate finance," he said, referencing the character portrayed by actor P.J. Byrne, before refuting a specific scene in the film, one that involves hair clippers, a woman, and the promise of breast augmentation. "That scene that you just showed, I find highly offensive. First of all, if that happened, which Jordan said it did, prior to my time at being at Stratton Oakmont, maybe it did. I find it highly offensive to women."
Watch the clip for more of Morgan's chat with Greene, and to see if "The Wolf of Wall Street" captures any Oscar acclaim, stay with CNN through the awards this coming Sunday evening.