This Open Letter To The Makers Of ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street,’ And The Wolf Himself, Will Make You Look At The Movie From A Different View
Not everyone is mesmerized by The Wolf Of Wall Street and Jordan Belfort. While the now-infamous man’s exaggerated life story is a hit with viewers, those whose lives were affected by Belfort’s schemes remain bitter â as they should. In a new open letter to the makers of the movie and to Belfort himself,Â Christina McDowell gets a few things off her chest.
McDowell explains that her father, Tom Prousalis,Â worked closely with Belfort. They worked together to create fake companies and convince investors to back them, all for their own personal gain. McDowell unwittingly became another victim of the partners’ schemes. At the end of it all, when her father was among those to go to prison, McDowell discovered $100,000 of her father’s debt in her name. She even had to change her name from Prousalis to McDowell after her father stole her identity.
She slams the movie for romanticizing the situation. “You people are dangerous,” she writes. “Your film is a reckless attempt at continuing to pretend that these sorts of schemes are entertaining, even as the country is reeling from yet another round of Wall Street scandals.”
And she has some key words for Belfort and Prousalis, too. “Belfort’s victims, my father’s victims… [are] left destitute, having lost their life savings at the age of 80. They can’t pay their medical bills or help send their children off to college because of characters like the ones glorified in Terry Winters’ screenplay.”
She hopes everyone will get her message: that supporting this film means condoning “anÂ accomplished criminal,Â a guy who still hasn’t made full restitution to his victims.”
She leaves us with these parting words: “I urge each and every human being in America NOT to support this film, because if you do, you’re simply continuing to feed the Wolves of Wall Street.”
However you feel about Belfort, his book and the movie, McDowell’s open letter is sure to give you a different perspective. Read the full letter at LAWeekly.com.