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The Wolf of Wall Street: The mighty shouldn’t monkey around

Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street, coming in November.

What's the one scene that gave me pause in the just-released trailer for Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, set for a November release starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort, the real-life, uber-rich stockbroker partaking in the excesses of a good life before an inevitable fall?

Not the one with the dwarf-tossing. Not cocktails with a bronzed Matthew McConaughey. Not DiCaprio looking up a blonde's mini-dress as she coos, "What's wrong, Daddy?"

It was the scene with the surefire signifier of a man of wealth if not taste truly on life's downward path – the moment when, channelling Elvis, Michael Jackson, Siegfried & Roy and the Biebs, DiCaprio's character takes an exotic animal into his domicile, sweet domicile.

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Once you see that two-second clip of DiCaprio cuddling a chimp – a violation of the laws of nature – you know it's Sing Sing for sure for Belfort. As Peter Gabriel astutely observed: "You can ape the ape/ [But] darling, don't you monkey with the monkey."

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