Harper’s Bazaar – [In Margot Robbie's words] “OK, so: big open room, video camera, Ellen Lewis is filming. Just me, Marty and Leo.” In the scene, Robbie’s character and DiCaprio’s character…are on their first date. ‘We get three lines into it and he says something and, subconsciously, I roll my eyes. And Leo’s like, ‘What was that look for?’ And I’m thinking, in my head: ‘That’s not a line! Is he really asking me that? Should I explain?’ And then I realise he’s ad-libbing. I’m like, ‘Oh, shit. He’s improvising! I need to improvise now!’
“So I’m failing miserably. And Leo’s phenomenal. He’s powerful. He can do his part and he can do your part at the same time with his eyes closed. I’m barely getting a word in. When I do it’s not anything interesting – I just look pathetic.”
Next scene…Robbie again: “In my head I was like, ‘You have literally 30 seconds left in this room and if you don’t do something impressive nothing will ever come of it. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance, just take it.’ And so I start screaming at him and he’s yelling back at me. And he’s really scary. I can barely keep up. And he ends it saying, ‘You should be happy to have a husband like me. Now get over here and kiss me.’ So I walk up really close to his face and then I’m like, ‘Maybe I should kiss him. When else am I ever going to get a chance to kiss Leo DiCaprio, ever?’ But another part of my brain clicks and I just go, Whack! I hit him in the face. And then I scream, ‘F*ck you!’ And that’s not in the script at all. The room just went dead silent and I froze. I’m thinking, ‘You just hit Leonardo DiCaprio in the face. They’re going to arrest you because that’s assault. You’re definitely never going to work again, that’s for sure. They’ll probably sue you as well in case there’s a bruise on his face and he needs to film something else. And then all of a sudden Marty and Leo just burst out laughing. Marty says, ‘That was great!’ Leo’s like, ‘Hit me again!’”
Margot Robbie is so close to being the biggest thing in Hollywood and I couldn’t be more excited. She was hot as hell in Wolf of Wall Street physically but the bitchy Brooklyn chick vibe she gave out was also beyond perfect if you’re into that sort of thing (and I say this with a rich personal tapestry of misery coming from that demographic), maybe only second to Scarlett Johansson in that Don Jon movie with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. But the big thing here is how genius she seems to be. We’ve established multiple times that Leo has his pick of any women on Earth because of his combo of good looks, fame and fortune, and game on top of game. So how do you stay a step ahead? By doing something so out of left field that he didn’t know it was possible. For Leo, chicks are like a Choose Your Own Adventure book; you do this A thing and there are only X, Y, and Z outcomes. So if you come out of nowhere and slap the taste out of his mouth, that’s about the biggest power move a chick can drop. It’s the only reason he’s got this weird cat and mouse game going on with Rihanna. Dude is the fucking man but he’s practically a psychological case study at this point.
Bottom line: No doubt in my mind that Margot Robbie is going to blow up in the next few years, surest thing in decades. Too hot, instincts too good, way too perfect naked. Death, taxes, and Margot Robbie being the next big thing are the only certainties in life.
PS The nudes from Wolf of Wall Street are here in case you need a reminder.
PPS Leo definitely jerked off after that audition. How could you not?