Leonardo DiCaprio: Those responsible for decimating economy got away scot-free

Leonardo DiCaprio spoke to ITV News about his latest film. Credit: ITV News

Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has told ITV News that many of the people responsible for "decimating" the economy "got away scot-free."

The 39-year-old's latest film is the The Wolf Of Wall Street, which is set in the 1990s and is based on the true story of wealthy stockbroker Jordan Belfort's (DiCaprio) fall from grace.

DiCaprio denied to Tim Ewart that the movie glamourised lust, greed and drug-taking, claiming that it was important to give an exact portrayal of what happened.

DiCaprio said he was attracted to the film because it dealt with the obsession and corruption of the American dream which "reflected the world we live in".

The 39-year-old actor said he considered his last three films - Django Unchained, The Great Gatsby and The Wolf Of Wall Street - to be a trilogy because they all dealt with greed in different eras.

The film focusses on people that have "given into every possible indulgence they could", DiCaprio added.

The movie, which has been tipped as a possible Oscar contender, also features Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey and British actress Joanna Lumley.

DiCaprio played down suggestions that the film, which has received two Golden Globe nominations including best actor, could see the Hollywood star finally capture an elusive Oscar.

He was also asked whether The Wolf Of Wall Street marked the end of his film career after the star said last year he would like to retire from acting.

DiCaprio denied he is set to quit the big screen but admitted that he will take a break.

Martin Scorsese film The Wolf Of Wall Street will be released in the UK on January 17.

Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie and Leonardo DiCaprio at the UK Premiere of The Wolf of Wall Street. Credit: Ian West/PA