Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Martin Scorsese and The Wolf of Wall Street's publicity team probably hoped that a Saturday night screening for Academy members would drum up even more positive buzz for the racy and irreverent stock-broker film. But 75-year-old actress Hope Holiday, who starred in 1960's The Apartment, wrote in a Facebook post that the nearly three-hour film's R-rated subject matter didn't play will with some Academy members.
"Last night was torture at the Academy," Holiday wrote Sunday. "Three hours of torture -- same disgusting crap over and over again."
She added that a unidentified screenwriter approached Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio outside and screamed "shame on you."
After the film they had a discussion which a lot of us did not stay for--the elevator doors opened and Leonardo D. Martin S. and a few others got out then a screen writer ran over to them and started screaming--shame on you --disgusting--
"Talented men putting such junk on the screen and thinking it was funny--a fight almost ensued --I ran down the stairs," Holiday said in the comments.
Though a Paramount rep told The Wrap that no one "screamed" at the famed 71-year-old director, someone did make a "negative comment."
“It’s brutal,” said of the film Friday. “I’ve seen it with audiences, and I think it plays. I don’t know if it will be to everyone’s taste -- I don’t think it will. It’s not made for 14 year olds.”
Holiday conceded that "some people liked it" but "most didn't."
The Los Angeles Times' Steven Zeitchik noted that Wolf of Wall Street's content could be too racy for the audiences it attracts. It received a disappointing "C" rating from CinemaScore, the company that tracks audience response.
On Twitter the debate has already raged: Was the grade being skewed by moral conservatives who don’t like what the film traffics in? Or was the thumbs-down coming from perfectly open-minded types who were simply judging the sprawling, episodic movie on the merits?