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

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.

What happens at the end of this film isn't something you'd see at the end of a traditional Hollywood film where the protagonist would suffer correctly.

That's the irony of what we're trying to do here.

A lot of these people who decimated our economy, ultimately got bonuses and if we didn't give an accurate portrayal of the great time they were having, with complete disregard for anyone around them except themselves - and most of these guys got away scot-free - we're not telling the truth.

– Leonardo DiCaprio

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 best thing, in my mind, a movie can do is immerse an audience into somebody else's mindset and our intention for this film, specifically, was to capture who these people were during this time period and what's essentially in a culture right now that seems to be so destructive.

– Leonardo DiCaprio

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.

I have no idea (whether it could win him an Oscar), I have no idea and I think I've given up long ago trying to predict which films people like, which performances people like.

All you can do is the best while you're there.

– Leonardo DiCaprio

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.

Former Wall Sreet player turned novelist Jordan Belfort, who the film is based on. Credit: JULIAN SMITH/AAP

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

I've taken some time off and I'm looking for something else but I'm hard pressed to find something I would be as excited and energised about as the last film.

I'm going to make more movies, I just want to be as excited as I was about these last three.

– Leonardo DiCaprio

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