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The $60,000 that Jonah Hill took for role in Wolf of Wall Street was the minimum amount he could make

Jess Hardiman

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The $60,000 that Jonah Hill took for role in Wolf of Wall Street was the minimum amount he could make

Jonah Hill may have received a highly-coveted Oscar nomination for his performance in The Wolf of Wall Street, but his pay packet wasn’t as big as you might assume.

While many Hollywood actors demand millions for some of their roles, Hill was so chuffed to work with veteran filmmaker Martin Scorsese that he was happy to take the minimum wage for the 2014 movie, which saw him feature as stockbroker Donnie Azoff.


Sure, the minimum wage for actors is still slightly steeper than the rest of us make on lower bands in our everyday jobs, but still.


Speaking on The Howard Stern Show back in 2014, he said: "I got to f**king 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."

Hill said he would have done anything to be in the flick, even if that meant taking home the minimum wage.

"They gave me the lowest amount of money possible, that was their offer,” he said.


"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."

Radio host Stern then cut in to clarify if that meant the actor ‘got paid $60,000 for that movie'.

Hill continued: "It was the minimum. I think SAG minimum is something like $60,000 before commissions and taxes.

"Yeah, for an almost seven-month shoot. 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."

Jonah Hill as Donnie Azoff. Credit: Paramount
Jonah Hill as Donnie Azoff. Credit: Paramount

He added: "It's not about money for me. None of this s**t is about money.

“I want to make money to pay my rent, and hopefully have a family one day and have kids and stuff."

The much-loved Scorsese movie is based on the story of controversial stockbroker Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.


While the three-hour film is packed with memorably wild scenes, there is one that wasn't even in the script.

McConaughey had a small part as eccentric senior stockbroker Mark Hanna, who takes Jordan under his wing as he's starting out on Wall Street.

Over a lunch meeting, Mark shares some top tips with Jordan - namely that he should masturbate and use cocaine regularly.

Between shooting, McConaughey had been thumping on his chest and humming. It was a sort of meditative ritual the Oscar-winning actor had been using for a while, as a means of clearing his head, preparing his voice and finding his rhythm.


DiCaprio suggested that they try to incorporate it into the scene, and the rest is history.

"I mean, it's music," the 52-year-old told LADbible earlier this year, while discussing his memoir Greenlights.

McConaughey and DiCaprio in the now-famous scene. Credit: Paramount
McConaughey and DiCaprio in the now-famous scene. Credit: Paramount

"I love music and I think part of my performances and what I try to bring to these characters is a different type of music, tone, inflection, how they speak, what their words are.

"And you know, that was so out-there, and Wolf of Wall Street and that scene is so out-there. Then it comes back at the end of the scene, then Leo uses it later in the movie.

"It was all so odd, but so rhythmically right-on, you're like, 'That scene couldn't have been anything else, but where in the hell did that come from?!'"

Why then did the seemingly nonsensical acting ritual turned broker mantra capture the imagination quite so comprehensively?

"It's funny. It's anarchic. It's inconsiderate. But it's empowering at the same time, and it's fun," McConaughey reasoned.

"And everyone can do it. Like I say, you don't have to go get lessons to do it. Everyone's got their own bass. It's just - here's the drumstick, here's the drum [hmm-hmm-hmmm].

"Get your hum on, whatever it is - singing - you can't do it wrong. There's no way to do it wrong. And I think people just pick it up and find it fun, and it's a good pump up."

He added: "I mean, there are bands all over America and beyond that at games and stuff have their version that the band play.

"I've heard players come out to the batter's box, or on to a pitch, or called into a game, and that's their theme chant over the speakers or by the band. It's very cool."

Featured Image Credit: Paramount Pictures/Sipa US/Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: TV and Film, Jonah Hill, Celebrity

Jess Hardiman
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