The perma-stoned comic says that Martin Scorsese's new film wouldn't have happened were it not for him
Leonardo Dicaprio stars as stock market criminal genius Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese's latest movie The Wolf of Wall Street, but this is one portrayal that Tommy Chong claims would not have happened were it not for him. Ahead of the film's release, the second half of Cheech and Chong has gone on record to state that he is partially responsible for Belfort's written account of his pre-prison life, making him partially responsible for the film adaptation too.
Tommy Chong says he helped Belfort write The Wolf of Wall Street
Chong was spotted out in Los Angeles last week by TMZ reporters, who quizzed the comic about his time in jail in the early 2000's, the same jail and the same time that Belfort was serving in for stock market manipulation and running a penny stock boiler room. At the time, Chong was serving 9 months for selling bongs online and in his recent on-the-street discussion, Tommy claimed that he got to know Belfort when he was behind bars, going on to claim that he encouraged Belfort to write his memoirs and even saying that he helped him do it.
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In October 2003, Tommy Chong, the gentler half of the famed comedy duo of Cheech & Chong, was sent to a minimum security slammer for selling a few bongs to a guy in Pennsylvania, who turned out to be a DEA agent. The raid of Chong's business cost an otherworldly amount of manpower, for what ended up being a small warehouse on the West Coast. Is this what we were really concerned with in our most urgent time? A few bongs being shipped over state lines? Josh Gilbert uses Chong's incarceration as a quaint joke to show how the current administration absurdly spends money on small take downs like Chong's warehouse. Celebrities and journalists, including Jay Leno, Peter Coyote, and Bill Maher, are brought in en masse to point out the utter silliness of imprisoning Chong.
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By the end, Paul is on the run from an angry mob who thinks he's a burglar, fleeing in fear for his life. Will he escape? Well, rest assured that After Hours is actually a comedy. It's also one of my favorite Martin Scorsese movies (and a massive departure from his grittier fare), fresh every time you see it and full of little touches that you catch more of with each subsequent viewing. Check out the rows of Aqua Net in Garr's apartment. Or the "tie" she's wearing.
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