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Jonah Hill spent entire day insulting Jennifer Lawrence on Don't Look Up set

Ali Condon

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Jonah Hill spent entire day insulting Jennifer Lawrence on Don't Look Up set

Anyone might think it'd be a dream to work with an actor as funny and successful as Jonah Hill, but that job is definitely for people with thicker skin.

Jonah was just one member of an insanely star-studded ensemble cast for Netflix's 2021 film Don't Look Up, accompanied by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Timothee Chalamet, Meryl Streep, Ariana Grande, and Cate Blanchett - to name but a few.

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Leading this glorious cast was none other than Jennifer Lawrence, who played astronomy student Kate Dibiasky, who teams up with Leonardo DiCaprio's Dr Randall Mindy to try and warn the world about a life-threatening comet headed straight for Earth.

You would think that Jen would command the respect of her cast mates onset, but during her scenes with Jonah Hill, that wasn't exactly the case.

Jennifer Lawrence could hardly hold it together during her scenes with Jonah Hill. Credit: Entertainment Pictures / Alamy Stock Photo
Jennifer Lawrence could hardly hold it together during her scenes with Jonah Hill. Credit: Entertainment Pictures / Alamy Stock Photo

After the movie's release, Jennifer opened up about what it was like to film with different members of the A-list cast, and revealed that it was Jonah who she struggled the most with.

Things became almost impossible for Jen on set when Jonah started improvising during a scene they shared, hurling different insults at her in every single take - in character, obviously.

In an interview for the Vanity Fair, she revealed: "He is the worst. It was really, really hard filming with Jonah, and just not ruining take after take, laughing.

"We one time dedicated an entire day to him just improv-ing insults at me. It was amazing.

"He and Meryl are the only ones who really should do that kind of improv. I mean, he’s just a comedic master. We all did some stuff. Just not as well as Jonah."

At least she enjoyed it?

At least Jennifer enjoyed it? Credit: Netflix
At least Jennifer enjoyed it? Credit: Netflix

In the film, Jonah played Jason, President Orlean's (Meryl Streep) Chief of Staff, and also her irritating son.

Jason and his mum are just a few of the influential figures who refuse to listen to Dr Mindy and Kate Dibiasky as they try to warn them about their own impending doom.

Director Adam McKay has also spoken about this one scene that took a whopping two days to film.

In an interview with Deadline, Adam recalled: "That group of people could not have been happier to be in that fake Oval Office, doing that scene.

"Laughing, improvising. They almost were a little intimidated by Meryl Streep because she’s arguably the greatest film actor ever, and we discover she’s just a delight with this big generous laugh, who can improvise all day long.

"Jonah Hill is one of the great film improvisers, and that was inspiring to Jen and Leo to throw stuff in, and Rob Morgan too."

He continued: "We shot that scene for two days and the first cut was 16 minutes long and I never got tired of watching it."

Unfortunately, that 16 minute scene was a little too long for the final cut, so Adam had to bring in the best editors in the business to try and 'whittle it down.'

Don't Look Up is available to stream on Netflix.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV and Film, Netflix, Jonah Hill, Jennifer Lawrence

Ali Condon
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