Jonah Hill did Wolf of Wall Street for 'minimum wage'
Hill... 'Mr Scorsese?.... Yes, I'll take it.' (Copyright: Paramount)
Jonah Hill wanted the role in Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street' so much, he took a huge pay cut, doing the movie for the minimum Screen Actor's Guild wage.
Hill was paid $60,000 (£36,000) for the part of broker Donnie Azoff in the film, a considerable amount less than he is usually paid for a role, and a vast sum less than Leonardo DiCaprio would have scored for his lead role as corrupt Wall Street man Jordan Belfort.
Talking to Howard Stern, Hill said: “They gave me the lowest amount of money possible, that was their offer.
“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.
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“It's not about money for me. None of this s*** is about money. I want to make money to pay my rent, and hopefully have a family one day and have kids and stuff.
“It was the minimum. I think SAG minimum is something like $60,000 - before commissions and taxes.
“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.
“I got to f***ing be in a Martin Scorsese movie and I just got nominated for an Oscar. I'm tripping out, Howard... I'm in shock. I'm totally in shock!”
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Hill has been nominated for the Best Supporting Actor gong, but it's a sturdy category.
He'll be up against Barkhad Abdi in 'Captain Phillips', Bradley Cooper in 'American Hustle', Michael Fassbender in '12 Years A Slave' and Jared Leto in 'Dallas Buyers Club'.