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Who paid for the production of The Wolf of Wall Street?

(From left) Producer Riza Aziz and cast members Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill and producer Joey McFarland arrive for the UK premiere of The Wolf of Wall Street at Leicester Square, in London last week. –  Reuters pic, January 14, 2014.(From left) Producer Riza Aziz and cast members Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill and producer Joey McFarland arrive for the UK premiere of The Wolf of Wall Street at Leicester Square, in London last week. – Reuters pic, January 14, 2014.Even in its moment of glory at the Golden Globes, controversy shrouded the The Wolf Of Wall Street as questions arose over the funding of the US$100 million (RM326 million) film.

mStar Online reported that Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor's son from an earlier marriage, declined to clarify speculation that Rosmah had funded the production of the film.

At last night's Golden Globes award ceremony in Beverly Hills, California, Leonardo DiCaprio picked up the award for best actor in a musical or comedy.

Riza, 36, one of the film's producers, has refused to comment on speculation by a pro-opposition news portal that Rosmah had funded the film.

mStar Online, however, did not reveal which pro-opposition news portal reported that Rosmah had allegedly funded the film.

Riza, who made the headlines for purchasing a luxury condominium in New York worth RM110 million, is Rosmah's son from her marriage to Abdul Aziz Nong Chik.

Riza's purchase of the luxury condominium for US$33.5 million in November 2012 was revealed recently by Sarawak Report, which was founded by Rewcastle Brown.

Rewcastle is the sister-in-law of former British premier and Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown.

The news of Riza's real estate purchase attracted a deluge of criticism from indignant Malaysians and opposition lawmakers.

At a time when Putrajaya was announcing price hikes in electricity tariff and toll rates and telling Malaysians to tighten their belts, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's stepson was buying a multimillion ringgit property in New York.

Riza had been quoted by the Hollywood Reporter as saying that his sincerity and commitment in producing films was proven by the money he had invested in Red Granite Pictures.

Red Granite Pictures is an American film finance, development, production and distribution company, co-founded by Riza and Joey McFarland in 2010.

It has produced films such as Friends With Kids, starring Adam Scott and Megan Fox, and Dumb And Dumber Two, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. – January 14, 2014.

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