• Thu, Jun 3 2010

Jonah Hill Dishes About Playing The Villain In The ‘Zoolander’ Sequel

Rejoice, Zoolander fans! After some chatter than the sequel was scrapped, it appears that Ben Stiller will be back as male model Derek with Jonah Hill attached as the bad guy.

“I haven’t read a script yet, but it’s something we’re all talk about,” Jonah tells Crushable. “I haven’t read the script yet.”

Zoolander 2 will be the follow-up to the 2001 cult movie classic, which did not fare well at the box office but became a blockbuster on DVD. Justin Theroux will direct and co-write with Ben, who’s “a hero of mine,” says Jonah.

Jonah talked with reporters Thursday to promote his new movie Cyrus, a dark comedy co-starring John C. Reilly and Marisa Tomei. He plays a troubled 21-year-old named Cyrus, who is severely attached to his mother (Marisa) and tries to sabotage her relationship with a new boyfriend played by John.

Does he, um, share his character’s Oedipus complex?

“I’m very close to my family, fortunately not in an unhealthy way,” he jokes. “The way I kind of approached (the role) was if someone was moving in on my girlfriend. I treated Marisa like she was my wife.”

The 26-year-old actor does have his awkward familial moments, though: He says his girlfriend’s brother is also named Jonah, which makes it weird when she calls out his name during sex.  (That was a joke, he says –half-jokingly).

Cyrus opens in limited release on June 18, on the heels of Jonah’s other new movie Get Him To The Greek, where he plays straight man to Russell Brand‘s eccentric rock star.

Jonah is now working on his latest project, the baseball-themed drama Moneyball, Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman. He says he got a gig on that movie after filmmakers saw Cyrus, which he loves for being  “raw and honest and heartbreaking.”

When the Superbad star’s parents saw the low-budget movie (directed by Mark and Jay Duplass), “It was the first time they couldn’t recognize any of me in the character I was playing. I thought that was very touching.”

Share This Post: