Jonah Hill insists having an off-day doesn’t “reflect who he is”.
The actor has been marred in controversy this week after he was caught on camera uttering a homophobic slur at a photographer, who he called a “f****t”. He has apologized many times for the event, insisting he is willing to take all the criticism which comes his way as he’s so appalled by his actions.
In a just-published interview conducted before the incident, Jonah hinted that he finds having a public persona difficult.
“Having a bad day doesn’t reflect who I am as a person, you know? It’s about learning what to show people about your life,” he told British newspaper The Guardian.
The star is in the spotlight at the moment thanks to his movie 22 Jump Street, which is a sequel to 2012′s 21 Jump Street. The latest film once again co-stars Channing Tatum and the pair play undercover cops who infiltrate a college, despite being too old to be there.
“I feel like the movies only work because we’re really self-aware. Like, in the first one we really make fun of how it’s such a terrible idea to turn a TV show into a movie, and in this one we make fun of ourselves for doing a sequel. So I think that self-awareness helps the audience go, ‘OK, these guys aren’t taking it seriously, it’s about just having fun so let’s just laugh’,” Jonah explained.
Although this is a comedy, the star has gradually been showing off his dramatic acting chops of late. He made his name in comedies such as Superbad and The 40-Year-Old Virgin but has since won Oscar nominations for his roles in Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street. He was named in the best supporting actor category for the latter release at this year’s ceremony and can vividly remember when he found out.
“I was in bed in Los Angeles. This time was really cool because Leo [DiCaprio, co-star] called and conferenced me in with Martin Scorsese [director], because all three of us got nominated, and we all were celebrating on the phone together. For me to get to be a part of that phone call was one of the most special things I could imagine,” he gushed.
“I just made a conscious effort to do different things instead of the same thing over and over again, which people will get tired of anyways, as would I.”
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