Jonah Hill has gone from a chubby “Superbad’ smartass to an actor who has worked with some of the most respected names in the business. And while he can command a fairly high salary these days, he says he accepted what is basically minimum wage in order to work with Martin Scorsese on “The Wolf Of Wall Street”.
“They gave me the lowest amount of money possible, that was their offer,” he told Howard Stern. “I said, ‘I will sign the paper tonight. Fax me the papers tonight.’ I want to sign them tonight before they change their mind. I said I want to sign them before I go to sleep tonight so they legally can’t change their mind.”
Hill revealed that he received something like $60,000 for seven months of work, which is peanuts to just about anyone in Hollywood these days, but it didn’t matter. It was all about getting to work with one of the biggest directors to ever step behind a camera.
“I would sell my house and give him all my money to work for [Scorsese] . . . I would have done anything in the world. I would do it again in a second. It’s not about money for me. None of this shit is about money. I want to make money to pay my rent, and hopefully have a family one day and have kids and stuff.”
The changes Hill has gone through in the past few years are not lost on him; after working with Quentin Tarantino and getting an Oscar nod for “Moneyball”, he says he almost can’t believe the direction life has taken him in.
“I got to fucking be in a Martin Scorsese movie and I just got nominated for an Oscar,” he said. “I’m tripping out… I’m in shock. I’m totally in shock.”
Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio defended “The Wolf Of Wall Street” recently in the media after a debate about whether or not it glorifies the outrageous, lavish lifestyle depicted by the actors.
“I personally take away the message from the film that this behavior, this lifestyle, leads to a very bad ending. I think the movie is not glorifying this behavior, it is showing that it leads to bad places whether their judicial punishment doesn’t reflect that is one thing. Where your life ends up, who you are as a person, is another,” Hill said.
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