Thanks to the folk at Bullit and Rolling Stone, Jonah Hill's ever-growing douchbageriness has once more been brought to our attention. We were already aware that he was a bit of a knob, with a perpetual air of drop-kick worthy smugness, but boy is he a fine example for stars finding fame in their formative years; it's one fat recipe for disaster, and the reason why many of them, as Chris O'Dowd aptly pointed out to us just yesterday, end up sounding like a pack of arseholes. That's not to say we don't think Hill is a good actor and has been good in his plethora of roles thus far, but more so that he needs to be humble and take his head out of his own ass.
So Jonah Hill. He was the kid who became the most unlikely leading man when he found fame in Superbad before finding himself starring alongside Brad Pitt and starring in a Quentin Tarantino movie. Along the way he starred in a few pretty decent comedies, found himself inaugurated into the new wave of frat-pack comedy actors among which the likes of Jason Segel, Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd etc are included. But then he decided to stop telling poop jokes and start reading Shakespeare*, ensuring that people take him for the heavyweight thespian/artiste he is. OK? Low and behold, he nabbed himself an Oscar nomination (for Brad Pitt starrer Moneyball) along with the respect of Martin Scorsese (which, apparently, is something the rest of us peasants can only dream of), after working on The Wolf of Wall Street.
He even turned down a role in The Hangover, apparently, for fear that he'd forever be known as the guy from Superbad. Well we're not ones to condone pigeonholing, but there's no need to be so high and mighty about your desire to graduate to more 'esteemed' fare. Below are just a few choice examples (there's many if you Google it) of why Jonah Hill needs a) a kick in the hole and a dose of humility, and b) a trip around a hospital, perhaps, to show him that he's not actually saving lives, he's just an actor and therefore he does not deserve to be treated like a deity.
In Salon's recent interview with the actor, Hill was quoted striking back at the haters:
"You can dis me all you want on a blog, or write whatever you want in this magazine and I’ll just be like, ‘Whatever, man. Scorsese thinks I’m awesome.' He hired me and didn’t fire me, so I can kind of not care now. It really did give me personal assurance that I’m doing the right thing and that I’m talented in certain ways because he's so important to me.'
And then there was this from Rolling Stone:
"I've done one of the biggest challenges you can do in Hollywood, which is transition from being a comedic actor to being a serious actor, and I'm really prideful of that." Only douchebags say 'prideful' when they could just as easily say 'proud'.
When asked about flatulence he responded: "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." Well, there's no avoiding it, even the Queen farts.
When asked how long he's been single, after telling the journalist that he was single of his own volition, Hill said: 'Don't worry about it.' Well then don't offer up that kind of personal information, Jonah.
So kids, remember, if you find yourself famous one day, don't forget the fact that you were once a regular person like the rest of us, you should always be nice, and Martin Scorsese while cool, isn't God.
* Yeah, I don't know that he actually took to reading old Shakespearean transcripts, I'm just being dramatic.