2. Donnie Azoff : Danny Porush
Mark Hanna’s influence on Belfort may have carried through the film, but it is the wild and seemingly indefatigable antics of his business partner Donnie Azoff that hammers home the duo’s infamy. Donnie Azoff is not a real person, but instead, is closely based on Belfort’s real-life partner Danny Porush. The case of Azoff/Porush is a complicated one, not least because Porush describes the character- played by Jonah Hill- as a composite, while still admitting to carrying out some of his more infamous activities. This is possibly not Porush’s best move as the more he admits, the more it seems the character is him – albeit under a different name. While Porush and his family have contested several events, it is clear he lead the same kind of lavish lifestyle as his buddy Belfort. The facts as we have them are that Porush, like Azoff, was once married to his cousin, and does admit to eating a colleague’s goldfish in the office – all in the line of duty. He also reeled in school pal Steve Madden’s company for public offering, as in the movie. When the Feds finally called time on Stratton Oakmont’s illegal activities Porush, like Belfort, gave names of those they had done business with and served 39 months in prison for the activities. However, part of Porush’s sentence also included a $200 million fine to go towards compensating their victims, of which, according to the Daily Mail, only around $11 million has been repaid. Don’t be fooled into think that Porush may be stuck for cash however: he lives in a $7.5 million Miami property with his wife (not his cousin) and is believed to work in the medical supplies industry. Since the film’s release he has kept a low-profile but it said to still be in contact with his old buddy Jordan.
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