I 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.