Jonah Hill is one young actor who hasn’t been afraid to mix it up in his prolific career so far. From comedies such as Knocked Up that brought him into the spotlight, to independent films including a guest appearance in the Coen Brothers’ movie Hail, Caesar!, Hill’s professional interests have been as varied as they’ve been enjoyable. There is one project, however, that the 34-year-old was particularly excited about.
Hill’s first major role came in Superbad a decade ago. Things then took a more dramatic turn with the sports drama Moneyball, where he earned an Oscar nomination starring opposite Brad Pitt.
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However, many see Martin Scorsese’s epic, The Wolf of Wall Street, as the pivotal moment of Hill’s career. His portrayal of Donnie Azoff alongside Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jordan Belfort was one of the movie’s highlights. Moreover, it was a personal highlight for Hill, as well, as the Californian admitted on The Howard Stern Show how working with Scorsese was one of the things on his bucket list.
“I got to f**king be in a Martin Scorsese movie and I just got nominated for an Oscar,” he said of not having any career regrets. “I’m tripping out, Howard… I’m totally in shock.”
While DiCaprio cashed in something in the region of $25 million for his work on the film (including bonuses), Hill’s earnings were just a tad bit more modest with him cashing in a comparatively meager $60,000. Hill seems unfazed by the discrepancy.
“They gave me the lowest amount of money possible,” he told Howard Stern. “It was the minimum, I think SAG (Screen Actors Guild) minimum is something like $60,000 before commissions and taxes.”
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“That was their offer and I said, ‘I will sign the paper tonight. Fax them the papers tonight. I want to sign them tonight before they change their mind. I want to sign them before I go to sleep tonight so they legally can’t change their mind’.”
The 34-year-old revealed that his motivation for participating was something bigger than cash:
“It’s not about money for me. None of this S–T is about money. I want to make money to pay my rent, and hopefully, have a family one day ”
“I would sell my house and give him all my money to work for Martin Scorsese.”
This article first appeared in VT.