As the Oscars fast-approach, the stars of the top-nominated films have been on a media blitz doing some last-minute campaigning and promoting. During a recent interview with Good Morning America, Jonah Hill talked about some of the more challenging aspects of filming the Wolf of Wall Street, for which he is nominated for Best Supporting Actor. More specifically, Hill told Chris Connelley that Martin Scorcese requested Hill get punched in the face for real in order for a shot to look more authentic. And he did.
According to Hill, "Scorsese's going, 'It doesn't look good; it doesn't look good.' Then he looks at me and he goes, 'Hey, kid, you want to try one where he hits you for real?'" And after Hill was actually punched in the face he recalls, "I'm on the floor and Scorsese's like, 'Get him new teeth and shoot his face cause it's swelling.'" DiCaprio wasn’t really into the idea of his friend getting physically harmed... which makes sense considering the guy is an activist and his party boy days are (mostly) in the past.
But hey, Hill was clearly willing to go to great lengths considering he lobbied hard for the role and agreed to do the film for only $60,000. Getting punched in the face seems fair game.
Now obviously, here at Bustle, we don’t condone violence. We’re lovers, not fighters. However, there have been a few moments in Hill’s career where a punch in the face feels like a natural, knee-jerk reaction. Here are a few quotes from Hill's movies that make us all feel a little punchy:
22 Jump Street
The Wolf of Wall Street
"Well, basically, you know, if the kid was retarded I would... I would, you know, drive it up to the country and just like, you know, open the door and let it... say 'You're free now!' You know? Like, 'Run free!' You know?"
21 Jump Street
Forgetting Sarah Marshall
“I’M NOT ANSWERING THAT DUMB QUESTION! I’M NOT THAT KIND OF PERSON! BEING IN A FUNNY MOVIE DOESN’T MAKE ME HAVE TO ANSWER DUMB QUESTIONS. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHO I AM.”