Thursday 21 September 2017

Hill took minimum wage for Scorsese

Jonah Hill
Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill has revealed he accepted minimum wage on The Wolf Of Wall Street, just to work with his hero Martin Scorsese.

The 30-year-old star has been nominated for best supporting actor at the Oscars for his portrayal of investment banker Donnie Azoff opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the film. But he told US radio DJ Howard Stern he was paid just 60,000 dollars (£36,250) for the seven-month shoot - and he would have done it for free.

Jonah revealed: "They gave me the lowest amount of money possible, that was their offer. 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.

"It was the minimum. I think SAG minimum is something like 60,000 dollars - before commissions and taxes.

"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."

The 21 Jump Street star insisted: " It's not about money for me. None of this s*** is about money. I want to make money to pay my rent, and hopefully have a family one day and have kids and stuff."

Jonah's character Donnie in the film is the best friend of crooked stockbroker Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio), who helps him start his business and enjoy his wild playboy lifestyle.

After learning of his Oscar nomination for his work in the film, Jonah tweeted: " I am so honored [sic] to be nominated. Thanks to the Academy and congrats to my fellow Wolves @LeoDiCaprio, Mr. Scorsese and Terry on their noms!"

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