The Wolf of Wall Street shined a light on crooked investment bankers, and the wild lifestyles they led. While Leonardo DiCaprio was portraying Jordan Belfort on the screen for Wolf, he may have been drawing inspiration from an entirely different person: Dana Giacchetto, a man who was a close friend of DiCaprio’s in the mid-1990s who like Belfort stole millions from his clients.

The parties, women, drugs…they were all there, and DiCaprio had a front row seat. In this Vice profile, Giacchetto discusses his rise and fall, and his current effort to redeem himself.

[via Vice]