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Jonah Hill at the 2014 Oscar Nominees Luncheon

Jonah Hill at the 2014 Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Jonah Hill at the 2014 Oscar Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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The 2014 Oscar Nominees Luncheon took place Feb. 10 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Nominees gathered to have lunch, pose for photos, receive their official Academy Award nomination certificate, and do interviews. (The 86th annual Oscar ceremony takes place March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. ABC has the live U.S. telecast of the show at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST.) Here is what this Oscar nominee said when doing a brief press conference interview in the Oscar Nominees Luncheon’s press room.

JONAH HILL

Nominated for:
Best Supporting Actor
(“The Wolf of Wall Street”)

It was recently announced that you and Leonardo DiCaprio are doing a movie together about the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing and Richard Jewell, who was wrongly accused of the crime. Was your work together in “The Wolf of Wall Street” directly result in you two doing another movie together?

Yeah, we wanted to work together again. We have the same manager, Rick [Yorn], and he was trying to find another project for us to act in together. And then the story of Richard Jewell came to us, and it was something that we were both so moved by it that we both felt like we had to do it. And I’m beyond excited for it.

You were paid an actor’s scale (the lowest rate, about $60,000 before taxes) for your role in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” If “The Wolf of Wall Street” director Martin Scorsese wanted you to be in another one of his movies, would you negotiate a better deal?

I wouldn’t care, honestly. Martin Scorsese is my favorite filmmaker of all time. “Goodfellas” is the reason I wanted to make movies and spend my life making movies and dedicate myself to that. Money is never a concern to work with people like Martin Scorsese. I would do whatever he wanted. I would paint his house if he asked me to.

Your first Oscar nomination was for the 2011 movie “Moneyball.” In an interview, you said you had an acceptance speech written in case you won an Oscar for “Moneyball.” Where is that speech, and will you bring it with you to this year’s Oscar ceremony?

It’s in my safe. I figured I could just change some of the names from the “Moneyball” speech, but no, I don’t know. The possibility of winning is so insane to me that it seems almost indulgent to write a speech, but I guess I will, just in the one-in-a-billion chance that it will happen, just so I won’t sound stupid. Make sure and thank my mom and everything.

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