Guess what Jonah Hill had to sacrifice for his role of Donnie Azoff in the superhit movie "Wolf of Wall Street" and an Academy Award nomination? A big cut on the paycheck!
In a recent interview on the Howard Stern Show, Hill revealed that he was paid just $60,000 for his role in the Martin Scorsese directed movie.
But hey! Who is complaining?
Hill did it out of sheer passion. He was so desperate to bag a role in the film that he accepted anything they would offer him.
"They gave me the lowest amount of money possible. That was their offer. It was the SAG minimum, something like $60,000 before commissions and taxes, for an almost seven-month shoot. I said 'I will sign the papers tonight, fax me the papers tonight. I want to sign them tonight before they change their mind'," he said on the show.
In fact, he was even ready to sell his house for Scorsese.
"I would sell my house and give [Scorsese] all my money to work for him ... You do 22 Jump Street or you do other things and you can pay your rent ...I would have done anything in the world. I would do it again in a second," Hill added.
"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!"
Hill tweeted about his excitement on the Oscar nominations:
I am so honored to be nominated. Thanks to the Academy and congrats to my fellow Wolves @LeoDiCaprio, Mr. Scorsese and Terry on their noms!
— Jonah Hill (@JonahHill) January 17, 2014
But that role didn't just land on Hill's lap. He lobbied for it and convinced Leonardo DiCaprio that he was the 'only' guy who could play Azoff. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, DiCaprio revealed how Hill literally fought tooth and nail for the role.
"'I read this script, and there's nobody else who should play Donnie Azoff except for me,' " DiCaprio told of Hill's pitch.
"I was like, 'OK.' And you started talking about how incredible you thought this screenplay was and how you knew guys like this, where money was paramount. You knew who this guy was. And I had to relay that to Marty."
Check out the complete interview below: