It was a dream come true for actor Jonah Hill to star in the Martin Scorsese film Wolf of Wall Street. But while the actor was grateful to be a part of the film, he once admitted that he felt guilty for playing a character who berated another actor.
Jonah Hill found it hard to sympathize with his role as the “Wolf of Wall Street.”
Hill enjoyed playing the outspoken and aggressive Donnie Azoff Wall Street. But the 21 Jump Street Star wasn’t sure if he could hang out with a person like his character in real life.
“Well, it’s pretty difficult to sympathize with Donnie. I found him entertaining – if I was at a party with this person it could be funny but really more obnoxious than anything else. I had a harder time with it — I can’t speak for anyone else, but I had a harder time figuring out if I would actually be friends with these people,” Hill once told Refinery.
Jonah Hill felt guilty while filming The Wolf of Wall Street
Hill was willing to do anything to be in the Martin Scorsese film. The actor reportedly even took a massive pay cut for the occasion. But actually shooting the film brought its own set of challenges that Hill was unprepared for. on Wall Street, Hill described his character as an animal. But playing someone so morally corrupt left a toll on the young actor.
“I was overjoyed and focused on this work. But I drove home feeling a wave of guilt for all the things I had to do that day. It wasn’t the drugs, it was the things that Donnie had to do to people,” Hill once said in an interview with Grantland.
Hill even went so far as to invite one of his co-workers over for lunch because his character belittled him.
“For me, there’s a scene where I fire this kid and eat his goldfish. I throw a cigarette at him and smack him in the face and curse him in front of 200 people and fire him. Even though it’s acting, I saw this actor’s eyes and he looked really upset. He looked terrible. I took him to lunch that day and said, ‘I’m sorry. You know it has nothing to do with who I am.” And we bonded and had a nice lunch,” he said.
Jonah Hill was warned to be quiet while filming Wolf of Wall Street
Hill admitted that being away from work not only made him feel guilty, it also made him sad. The film’s heavy subject matter and his character’s own personality took their toll on the actor. But the Very bad Star claimed he usually uses friends and family to help combat those dark feelings.
However, there was another activity he indulged in to cheer himself up.
“But honestly, I watch a lot South Park when I film dark movies. I filmed that and True story, another heavy film, back to back. And I would come home and the only thing that would make me happy is South Park. It’s just so fun and bright,” he said.
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