Wildman Stockbroker Denies Dwarf-Tossing
Danny Porush is very upset – so much so that he is claiming details depicted in the new Martin Scorsese movie “The Wolf of Wall Street”, based on Jordan Belfort’s outrageous memoir, are not accurate. Particularly the dwarf-tossing:
The debauched office antics portrayed in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” are much exaggerated, claims an executive represented in the film.
Danny Porush, played by Jonah Hill as Donnie Azoff in the new film, spoke out about the crazy office antics in the movie, taken from a memoir by Porush’s co-worker Jordan Belfort.
Trailers for the movie show the employees of brokerage Stratton Oakmont celebrating by throwing a Velcro-covered dwarf onto a board, inviting a marching band into the office, and bringing in a chimpanzee on roller skates.
“There was never a chimpanzee in the office,” Porush told Mother Jones. “There were no animals in the office…I would also never abuse an animal in any way.” Further, Porush maintains that the parties featuring diminutive guests did not involve any kind of tossing.
“We never abused the midgets in the office; we were friendly to them,” he told the magazine. “There was no physical abuse.”
Alas, Porush’s no-abuse policy did not extend to an office goldfish. In one scene in the movie, Jonah Hill as Azoff swallows a co-worker’s pet.
“I said to one of the brokers, ‘If you don’t do more business, I’m gonna eat your goldfish,'” Porush said. “So I did.”