Jonah Hill Talks 'The Sitter,' Weight Loss And Disgust With Kardashians
Jonah Hill stars as the babysitter from hell in his recent film "The Sitter," but this year has really been all about "Moneyball" for the almost-28-year-old actor. He received rave reviews for his role opposite Brad Pitt in the film, leading many to speculate whether his name will be tossed into next year's Oscar race.
The Los Angeles native is one smart cookie -- thoughtful, astute and smart -- but don't think he's trying to increase his star power for fun. "I have no intention of being a celebrity," he told The Huffington Post in a candid interview where he discussed his own babysitting experience, dramatic weight loss and his real thoughts on the Kardashians.
You play a babysitter in "The Sitter." Did you ever babysit when you were younger?
No, but I've been babysat.
Aren't you an uncle?
Yeah, I babysat [my brother's kids] recently. After I made the film, I was granted permission to babysit them.
You lost a lot of weight since filming "The Sitter." Is it weird watching that version of yourself now?
It's bizarre; it feels like a different chapter in my life, for sure.
I think you could write a diet book and it would be a bestseller.
Yeah, but I'm an actor. I think our culture has gotten so skewed. People assume that because you're an actor you want to write a book to exploit your celebrity, but my celebrity is only a byproduct of me making movies. I have no intention of being a celebrity. I just like to act and write and produce. To me, making movies is the ultimate goal. I don't need to then exploit my celebrity in some other way, except to make more movies. That's the problem; people are more caught up in being famous than making movies.
Do you get bothered by paparazzi?
Sometimes, if I'm in LA, they follow me around. I just smile and say hello. Look, at the same time that I don't want to be a celebrity, I understand that when you make movies you put yourself out in the public eye. I'd be a baby and a fool to be like, "Why are there cameras taking pictures of me?" when I'm on a billboard for a movie. I think that's a very absurd concept. An actor, by nature, wants attention. I'm not even complaining. If that's the worst part of my job then so be it. It's part of the gig.
This has been quite a year for you. There's Oscar talk for your role in "Moneyball."
Well, that's incredibly flattering and bizarre.
Will you be disappointed if you aren't nominated?
No! How can I expect to get a nomination for an Oscar? That's an insane expectation. The fact that people are mentioning it means I must have done a good job, which makes me happy. I'm really proud of "Moneyball." To me, it's about feeling pride in a movie I made. I think when I'm an old man I'll be able to show it to my grandkids with pride. That's all I can really go for: making movies to please me.
Are you getting offered different kinds of roles now?
Yeah, I get offered a lot more dramas now, which is really pleasant because my goal is to do both. I've definitely done my fair share of comedic movies, and I'm still early in my career. While I'm still young, I want to define my career as multiple things.
Whose career do you aspire to emulate?
My heroes are Bill Murray and Dustin Hoffman. Those are the two actors that both do comedies and dramas seamlessly. Also John C. Reilly and Philip Seymour Hoffman. They're all just great actors, neither comedic nor dramatic. They're just great actors.
When I interviewed you last time, a lot of the comments focused on your weight loss. I think there's an obsession with weight in this country.
They're obsessed with a lot of things. The Kardashians are as famous as our president. What does that tell you about how skewed our society is?
I read you were pretty crushed about Kim's divorce.
That's all a joke. ... The truth of it is, I have friends who work in TV and the Kardashians get higher ratings than their TV shows. Shows that people actually work hard on -- writing and creating and trying to tell stories. The fact that the Kardashians could be more popular than a show like "Mad Men" is disgusting. (Laughs) It's a super disgusting part of our culture, but I still find it funny to make a joke about it. Whenever I say I like reality TV, people write about it like they're in shock. I can't even understand it, so I watch it. I think it's funny and I definitely enjoy it in a making-fun-of-it sort of way, but where does the line sort of end? When do I stop making fun of it and become an actual fan?
Check out some other stars who've had something to say about the Kardashian clan.
At a performance at the iHeartRadio Live concert at P.C. Richard & Son Theater in New York, Canadian singer Michael Buble announced to the audience, "Ladies and gentleman, I have a very special guest. Please welcome Kim Kardashian [to the stage]." The audience gasped but Buble revealed he was kidding adding, "Nah, just f**king with you! That bitch isn't coming on my stage." Buble dedicated his next song, a cover of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" to Kris Humphries and made another joke about the couple who filed for divorce after 72 days of marriage. "She hurt him, she hurt him! I wish she had hurt me!" he joked.
It turns out Jonah Hill is a reality TV fan and <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1674209/jonah-hill-kim-kardashian-divorce.jhtml" target="_hplink">told MTV</a> that he "felt duped" by Kim Kardashian's short lived marriage. "I feel duped a little bit because I was all connected with the wedding. I watched the two-hour special. I was with them on that journey," he said. "I was on that roller coaster, and then the roller coaster just stopped, and they said, 'Everybody off' when we were right the top. I couldn't get off. What, am I going to plummet to my death if I get out of the roller roast at this point," Hill asked.
The DJ later followed up<a href="http://twitter.com/#!/samantharonson/status/131152899295297536" target="_hplink"> by tweeting</a>: "can he change his name back to "C"hris now?"
"Saturday Night Live" did what it does best -- taking a sad situation and making it <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/06/snl-mocks-kim-kardashians_n_1078541.html" target="_hplink">hilarious</a>. Even the Kardashians themselves felt the parody was fantastic. "[It's] probably one of the funniest things I've ever seen in my life," Kris Jenner said on "Access Hollywood" after the skit aired. Kourtney tweeted 'I peed my pants,' and Kim wrote 'Oh my god funniest thing ever' and actually, I hate to admit it, they had me spot on." Even Khloe loved the spoof, tweeting "Ha! I just saw the SNL skit they did and I could not stop laughing.... LOL"
Comedian Kathy Griffin loves using celebrity news as her punch lines and we wouldn't expect her not weigh in on the Kardashian/Humpries split. <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/kathygriffin/status/131109091023142912" target="_hplink">She tweeted: </a> "Ugh! gay couples like Kim K & Kris H ruining the sanctity of marriage is the problem w the radical homosexual agend--- oh wait, oops:)" Griffin also promised during her appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" that she'll have lots of Kardashian divorce material for her next Bravo special.
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Even Country Music Award hosts, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, got in on the fun of mocking the Kim's divorce. "I think you forgot to sing a song about what's weighing on everyone's mind in this room," presenter Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family" said to Underwood and Paisley. "The divorce of Kim Kardashian and what's his name!" Together they sang: "I'm going to love you forever, or 72 days Amen, as long as Justin Bieber is not a conceiver, as long as Taylor Swift is with her current boyfriend. I'm going to love you for 20 million dollars, for a hit TV series or pics in Us Weekly, for 72 Days, Amen."
Daniel Craig got in on the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/11/29/daniel-craig-kim-kardashian_n_1117992.html" target="_hplink"> Kardashian bashing train</a>, calling Kim Kardashian a "f**king idiot" in the January 2012 issue of <em>British GQ.</em> He continued on his anti-Kardashian rant, saying: "Look at the Kardashians, they are worth millions. Millions! I don't think they were that badly off to begin with but now look at them". "You see that and you think, 'What, you mean all I have to do is behave like a f***ing idiot on television and then you'll pay me millions?' I'm not judging it. Well, I am, obviously," he told the magazine.
Jonah Hill first joked that he was crushed by Kim's divorce and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/13/jonah-hill-the-sitter-kardashians_n_1146242.html" target="_hplink">later he told The Huffington Post</a>: "I have friends who work in TV and the Kardashians get higher ratings than their TV shows. Shows that people actually work hard on -- writing and creating and trying to tell stories. The fact that the Kardashians could be more popular than a show like "Mad Men" is disgusting. (Laughs) It's a super disgusting part of our culture, but I still find it funny to make a joke about it. Whenever I say I like reality TV, people write about it like they're in shock. I can't even understand it, so I watch it. I think it's funny and I definitely enjoy it in a making-fun-of-it sort of way, but where does the line sort of end? When do I stop making fun of it and become an actual fan?"
Jon Hamm didn't have kind words for Kim when <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/09/jon-hamm-slams-kim-kardashian-idiot-culture_n_1335411.html" target="_hplink">he told Elle UK</a>: "Whether it's Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian or whoever, stupidity is certainly celebrated," he told the magazine. "Being a f**king idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you're rewarded significantly Incuriousness has become cool... It's celebrated. It doesn't make sense to me."
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