Jonah Hill was offered the role of stockbroker Donnie Azoff in Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” for a paycheck of $60,000, for a seven-month shoot.
The news of what he made on the movie, which has been a huge success and earned him an Oscar nomination, has prompted questions if the actor got a raw deal based on what other Hollywood actors get paid for such big-ticket projects. But Hill seems to have no regrets.
The 30-year-old actor reportedly revealed on The Howard Stern Show on Tuesday, saying: “I got to f---ing 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,” said Hill, who was previously nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Peter Brand in the Brad Pitt-starrer "Moneyball."
The news of Hill’s pay for the new movie came through a tweet from The Howard Stern Show that read: “@jonahhill tells @howardstern that he did the 7 month ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ shoot for $60,000 because he wanted the role so bad.”
Hill reportedly said that he was ready to do anything to be in the film.
“They gave me the lowest amount of money possible; that was their offer,” Hill reportedly said on the show. “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.”
He also added: “It was the minimum. I think SAG minimum is something like $60,000 before commissions and taxes, for an almost seven-month shoot.”
Hill reportedly said that it was not about money for him. He added: “I told (Leonardo) DiCaprio, ‘No one in the world can play this part but me. If you find another actor to play this part, I’m going to kill them, and they’re not going to be able to play the part.”
Hill made his desire to be a part of the film even clearer when he told Stern: “I would sell my house and give [Scorsese] all my money to work for him.”
According to reports, DiCaprio was paid an estimated $10 million for his role as Jordan Belfort in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” which has received five Academy Award nominations in the Best Picture, Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Directing, and Writing Adapted Screenplay categories.
The movie, released on Dec. 25, reportedly cost an estimated $100 million to make, according to Box Office Mojo, and has so far grossed $170 million in the U.S. and abroad.
Suman Varandani works as a Correspondent for the International Business Times, where she covers Entertainment, Lifestyle, Media & Culture and other trending topics.