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Olivia Wilde: I was deemed ‘too old’ to play Leo DiCaprio’s wife in ‘Wolf of Wall Street’

Today on Howard Stern, Olivia Wilde was in studio to promote her role on HBO's Vinyl and in the process provided lots of juicy tidbits, including the fact that at age 28 she was deemed “too old” for the role eventually played by Margot Robbie in Martin Scorsese's 2013 hit The Wolf of Wall Street (!). Also: why she wasn't “totally surprised” that Cowboys and Aliens flopped, what about her role on House makes her cringe, how Chris Farley brightened her day as a young girl and which of her former projects she hates the most. Check out 10 9 major highlights below.

1. She was deemed “too old” for the role of Jordan Belfort's wife in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.

Wilde, then 28, auditioned for the role of Naomi Lapaglia in Scorsese's Oscar-nominated film but was told she was too “sophisticated” for the character — a note she eventually found out was code for “old.” Though the part eventually went to then-22-year-old Aussie Margot Robbie, Scorsese was so impressed by Wilde's Wolf audition that he cast her in Vinyl. 

“I did not [audition for Vinyl], because I had auditioned unsuccessfully for Wolf of Wall Street,” said Wilde. “That's the one I was too old for.” 

2. She wasn't “totally surprised” when Cowboys and Aliens flopped at the box office.

After telling Howard she had a blast filming the movie, Wilde admitted she never saw it as a slam-dunk despite the involvement of A-list talent like Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Iron Man director Jon Favreau. 

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