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Jonah Hill Was Only Paid $60,000 For 'Wolf Of Wall Street' Role

Paddy Maddison

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Jonah Hill Was Only Paid $60,000 For 'Wolf Of Wall Street' Role

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You can't not like Jonah Hill. Aside from being a seriously talented actor, an inspiration to anyone trying to shed a few pounds, and one of the coolest guys in Hollywood at the moment, he just has one of those faces. You want to have a pint with him, and you know it would be a laugh.

After a series of relatively minor comedic roles, the young actor rose to prominence on the back of his role in 2007's hilarious and heartfelt teen comedy Superbad. However, it was his performance in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street that really took his career to the next level.

But despite all the rave reviews inspired by his portrayal of Donnie Azoff, Jordan Belfort's partner in business, debauchery and crime, Jonah was paid only a fraction of co-star Leo DiCaprio's $10m (£6.2m, at the time) fee for the movie - he pocketed a comparatively tight-fisted $60,000 (then the equivalent of £36,000).

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Granted, it's more than most people earn in a year and definitely not to be sniffed at, but next to Leo's paycheck it does look more than a little stingy.

Even so, Jonah has expressly admitted that he was not in the least bit bothered about his pay, and would even do it all over again for less if the offer came along. For him, it was all about the opportunity to work with Scorsese.

The Hollywood star said on The Howard Stern Show in the US that he was paid the amount 'before commissions and taxes'.

"They gave me the lowest amount of money possible," he explained.

"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.'

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"I would sell my house and give him all my money to work for him," he insisted.

"This isn't what you make money for. You do 22 Jump Street or you do other things, and you can pay your rent.

"I would have done anything in the world. I would do it again in a second. This isn't about money. You should do things that you care about."

Luckily, the 2013 film was an instant classic and Jonah's time spent working under the direction of Hollywood legend Scorsese proved to be pivotal in his transition from strictly comedy acting to more serious roles.

Topics: TV and Film, Martin Scorsese, Jonah Hill

Paddy Maddison
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