They Literally Could Not Have Paid Jonah Hill Less For The Wolf Of Wall Street

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in Wolf Of Wall Street GIFI try to avoid hyperbole in my daily life, which is why you should know it’s safe to take me seriously when I say that Jonah Hill literally could not have been paid less for The Wolf Of Wall Street

You know, that movie that he got a (very well-deserved, in my opinion) Best Supporting Actor nomination for? The one that’s slated to make around $250 million, as long as it follows the pattern set by previous collaborations between Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorcese, that make about 2.5 times their budget? The one that had a seven-month shooting schedule? Yeah, that movie. Just wanted to make sure we were talking about the same one — Jonah Hill was only paid $60,000 for it. Here’s what he said to Howard Stern when he went on his radio show the other day:

‘They gave me the lowest amount of money possible, that was their offer. I said, “I will sign the paper tonight. Fax me the papers tonight. I want to sign them tonight before they change their mind.” I said I want to sign them before I go to sleep tonight so they legally can’t change their mind. It’s not about money for me. None of this shit is about money. I want to make money to pay my rent, and hopefully have a family one day and have kids and stuff.’

Okay, but let me stop you right there for a second. Because I made that amount of money in a year once, when I was working two jobs, and I can pretty much guarantee you that my rent is way lower than yours, Jonah Hill. I get that it’s exciting to work with such a famous director, but they literally COULD NOT HAVE PAID YOU LESS. By law.

‘It was the minimum. I think SAG minimum is something like $60,000 – before commissions and taxes. I would sell my house and give him all my money to work for [Scorsese]…I would have done anything in the world. I would do it again in a second.’

That is crazy. I understand where Jonah is coming from, because this is a great opportunity for him, and it ends up paying dividends in the long run. I just can’t understand where Martin Scorcese is coming from.

Like I said before, the budget for this movie was $100 million, and even if Leonardo got his same salary from Inception$59 million, he still made almost ONE THOUSAND TIMES more money than Jonah did. And that was a movie he allegedly took a salary cut for.

I’m not saying pay them the same thing, by any means, because apparently Leo makes the studio about $20 – $40 for every dollar they pay him in salary, but only $60,000 for Jonah? If the movie is making millions of dollars, at least throw the kid a bone with a paycheck that he couldn’t bang out working as a project manager on a construction site.

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    • elle

      Wow that actually surprises me. I don’t enjoy Jonah Hill but I thought he was a bigger star then that. I thought he would get a lot more money…..

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        One would think…I really don’t get it.

    • Rachel

      My question is, why did they pay him so little? Did he have to beg to be in the film so all they would give him was minimum money or did he knock the audition out of the park and they really wanted him but would only pay him minimum. I just…don’t get WHY.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Exactly! It doesn’t make any sense, with such a high budget. Especially when I feel like he did a really awesome job.

    • Kate

      I have a feeling that he just didn’t negotiate his salary because he was so excited to work with Scorsese that he didn’t want to even risk asking too high. Either way, it seems pretty harsh for a (now twice??) Oscar-nominated actor.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Exactly! He’s been up for Best Supporting twice now, so hopefully he realizes directors will be seeking HIM out from now on.

    • Danny8899

      Most likely he begged to play the role, Martin most likely wanted someone else but when an actor throws themselves at you offering to take almost nothing it really doesn’t hurt to take a risk on him even if you didn’t really want him on the film because if the film doesn’t do as well as expected paying an actor 60,000 is better then paying another guy 5 or 10 million and then the movie fall flat and have less money to pay off investors. I do think they should of offered him a bonus . Something in the contract stating if they made their target earnings he’d receive more money

    • Holly

      I would feel a lot more comfortable in this world if all actors were paid like Hill and had the same outlook that Hill has.

    • Adam

      Interesting. Not to nit-pick (and this goes to your point either way), Project Managers in construction are usually in the six figure salary range. At least in California.

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    • sadiemae7

      Uh guys, “back-end.” HELLO. Name actors frequently get a share of the profits of the movie in addition to their salary. This is called “back-end.”