JONAH HILL: ACADEMY AWARD-NOMINATED SUPERFAN
HUNGRY FOR THE WOLF
Jonah wanted his part in the Wolf of Wall Street so badly that he tracked Leonardo DiCaprio down in Mexico and told him that if another actor landed the role, Jonah would kill him, and every subsequent choice until he was the only one left who could play the part.
And he played the part well – so well that he got his second Academy Award nomination last week, which he still found hard to believe.
He cites director Martin Scorsese as his favorite of all time, and he didn't take the responsibility handed to him lightly. Like he used to do to entertain Dustin Hoffman when he was younger, he went back to making phony phone calls to prepare for his role. They weren't the funny Sal and Richard style phone calls, but serious calls he'd make in character to get used to speaking with his fake character teeth.
Another piece of fake anatomy he had to incorporate into his performance was a prosthetic penis he masturbated while at a pool party. The reaction of the extras on the set was genuine; they thought his self-love was real. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler joked at the Golden Globes that if they wanted to see Jonah Hill masturbate at a pool party, they'll go to one of Jonah Hill's pool party.
Some elements in the Wolf of Wall Street were not faked, like the punch Jon Bernthal landed on Jonah's face. The phony punch just didn't look real enough for Scorsese. Jonah manned-up and took the punch, which connected and split his fake teeth in half. Marty quickly positioned a camera above Jonah's face and captured it swelling up.
the $60,000 man
For all his hard work, Jonah was paid $60,000 for his role in the movie. But, as he point out, you don't do a movie like that for the money. You do '22 Jump Street' for the money.
that one bad article...
Jonah is happy that he was able to carve out a career for himself where he can transition from comedy to serious work and do well in both. He tried to convey this to a Rolling Stone reporter last year but the article didn't come off well.
Jonah admitted that he was going through a rough time personally and should never have given the interview, but he wanted to promote 'This is the End.' The interview got off to a bad start after the reporter showed up to lunch and called him by the wrong name.
Jonah was feeling insecure and let it affect how he spoke about his work, which he learned from. The quote that got Jonah so much negative attention was "I could have made a billion dollars doing every big comedy of the last 10 years and didn't, in order to form a whole other life for myself," as producer Gary Dell'Abate read verbatim.
The bottom line for Jonah was that he's done interviews for ten years and came off as a jerk in one. Pretty good on average.
And in defence of Jonah, he's not wrong. Today on the show he revealed that he turnd down a prime part in The Hangover to do Cyrus because he loved the scipt so much and loved that it was a different type of role for him. Stern fans may remember that last time he was on, Jonah confirmed he based a lot of his role in Cyrus off our own Benjy Bronk!
Jonah couldn't leave without saying a few gushing words to his hero. He listens to the show every day, but he was explaining it to someone who wasn't a daily listener and had a realization: "Every show hits an apex and gets worse. What's so interesting is that after twenty or thirty years, you're doing the best work you've ever done."
He complimented the whole staff and begged to be allowed to sit in the Artie chair for a show one day in the future, which Howard readily agreed to.