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Tommy Chong

'Wolf of Wall Street'

Was My Idea!!!

11/29/2013 5:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Leonardo DiCaprio owes his latest paycheck to Tommy Chong, who tells TMZ, the new "Wolf of Wall Street" movie never would have happened if not for him ... and he might be right.

Chong was out in L.A. yesterday when we asked about the time he spent in the clink with Jordan Belfort, the criminal stock market genius who the movie "Wolf of Wall Street" is based on.

FYI, Chong was sentenced to 9 months in prison in 2003 for selling bongs online.

Chong says he was working on a book at the time -- it was 2004 by then -- and he encouraged Belfort to write one himself ... so Belfort did ... and that book eventually became the bestseller "Wolf of Wall Street."

Years later ... that book is now a film. We're no math geniuses, but we're pretty sure that means Chong deserves some royalty money. Check the clip. Funny story.


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Not his paycheck! But, maybe a heartfelt thank-you; and; if LD is feeling really generous maybe lunch, or dinner, in him.

337 days ago


Dave's not here, eh?

337 days ago


Actually, when I was 11 (back in 1970) we had to write a fictional story for class. I wrote a story called "Wolf of Wall Street" about a werewolf working as a stock broker on Wall Street in order to get rich and fund his research for a cure. Maybe I can sue?

337 days ago


I was at a meeting where Belfort was a speaker and he told the story about how he shared a cell with Chong. I'm sure Tommy Chong was just kidding about wanting a piece of the movie. Belfort had quite a life before he decided to go the straight and narrow.

337 days ago

Yurra Knutz    

That's nothing... Windows 7 was my idea... I deserve some innovation money... DAGNABBIT!

337 days ago

Heilige Bimbam    

Belfort wrote a book, and Chong his cell mate says he encouraged him? So what? Chong is not entitled to anything, not a cent.

337 days ago

Bill C.    

In 2014, someone should make a movie about something. I will now sit back and wait for the royalty checks to roll in.

337 days ago

The Zombie    

He's starting to look like Jerry.

336 days ago


Usually when someone is talking to me, and I want to be a smartass, I say, "You should write a book about it."

336 days ago


The guy should pay up.

336 days ago


Wait, so I can get a royalty check because I tell a guy to write a book? When did slavery become legal again?

335 days ago

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