Europe's bankers, investors flock to "The Wolf of Wall Street"

Thu Jan 9, 2014 3:19pm EST
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By Mia Shanley

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Bankers across Europe are filling cinema seats for a sneak peek at "The Wolf of Wall Street", booking out theatres and rolling out the red carpet for clients eager to see a film about excesses in their own high-flying industry.

Nordea, the Nordic region's biggest bank, booked all 140 seats in one downtown Stockholm movie theatre on Thursday, sectioning off part of the cinema for clients and starting the event after local markets closed.

The Italian stock exchange is showing the film on-site next week while the after-party of the recent Paris premiere was held at the former site of the Paris bourse.

The film, which opens in European theatres in the coming week, is based on the memoir of disgraced U.S. stockbroker Jordan Belfort.

He made a fortune by, and was later jailed for, defrauding clients and spending the loot on cars, homes, a yacht, hookers, orgies, alcohol and drugs.

Bankers and investors from Milan to Paris snapped up tickets for previews and special screenings to see triple Oscar nominee Leonardo DiCaprio play the 1990s convicted stock swindler.

The role is reminiscent of Michael Douglas's fictional character in the 1987 film "Wall Street", which helped spawn a generation of stockbrokers.

Douglas's character, Gordon Gekko, famously said: "The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good."   Continued...

Producer Riza Aziz (L), and cast members Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie arrive for the U.K. Premiere of "The Wolf of Wall Street" at Leicester Square, London January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett