A man is suing Paramount and other producers over his portrayal in The Wolf of Wall Street. In doing so he admits that he was the inspiration for the character deemed Rugrat, which is really not a good look.
Andrew Greene, who was once the head of Stratton Oakmont's Corporate Finance Department, filed a lawsuit in New York federal court in which he seeks to "recover money due to the Defendants' illegal/improper use of [his] likeness for commercial purposes." The full lawsuit is available via The Hollywood Reporter's Eriq Gardner.
Greene's lawsuit outlines how Greene, who was referred to by name in Jordan Belfort's memoir on which the movie is based, is recognizable in the character of Nicky "Rugrat" Koskoff in the movie. "The motion picture contains various scenes wherein Mr. Greene's character is portrayed as a criminal, drug user, degenerate, depraved, and/or devoid of any morality or ethics," the suit reads. So basically, Rugrat is a character that exists in this movie in which most people are criminals, drug users, degenerates, etc. One might even say that Rugrat is not quite as depraved as other characters in the film.
On one hand, it's got to be hard to recognize yourself as one of the horrible people portrayed in the film. On the other hand, filing suit means you're only drawing more attention to the fact that you are indeed the person that inspired Rugrat. Who wants to be that guy?
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