Two days ago I stated a fact in this space that turned out to be wrong - though not by much. Today I would like to set the record straight.
I declared in the posting titled "Patsy and the Wolf" that the new Martin Scorsese film, The Wolf of Wall Street, used the f-word in its various forms and tenses "seven or eight hundred times." I knew that was just an approximation, and I certainly did not think enough of the tedious movie to sit through it a second time for an accurate count.
Well, it turns out that somebody was counting.
Variety has reported that the correct number of f-bombs was 506, a new non-documentary record for the film industry. Scorsese surpassed the old record of 435 which sparkled up Spike Lee's film, Summer of Sam. Scorsese does have two other f-bomb classics: Casino with 422 uses of the word, and Goodfellas which checks in with 300 f-bombs.
Even though The Wolf of Wall Street drags on for one minute shy of three hours, Director Scorsese still managed to pound it with more than 2.8 f-bombs per minute.
No word yet on whether the Academy will give special recognition to his notable achievement or not.
Hey Marty, bombs away!