Well worth the pay cut! Jonah Hill was so desperate to work with Martin Scorsese in the Wolf of Wall Street that he took a major cut in pay. The 30-year-old actor, who has now earned an Oscar nomination for his role as Donnie Azoff, told Howard Stern on Tuesday, Jan. 21 that he has absolutely no regrets.
"They gave me the lowest amount of money possible, that was their offer," he revealed on The Howard Stern Show. "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."
How much did he get paid to appear in the movie about wealthy stockbrokers? "It was the minimum," Hill said. "I think SAG minimum is something like $60,000 before commissions and taxes."
"So you got paid $60,000 for that movie?" Stern clarified.
"Yeah, for an almost seven-month shoot," the actor, appearing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, confirmed. "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."
Hill, who previously earned an Oscar nomination for 2011's Moneyball opposite Brad Pitt, said he doesn't base his career moves on money.
"It's not about money for me. None of this S--T is about money," he said. "I want to make money to pay my rent, and hopefully have a family one day and have kids and stuff."
And Hill has forgone big payout films in the past to take on smaller roles that he felt passionate about. He previously turned down roles in The Hangover and Transformers in order to star opposite John C. Reilly and Marisa Tomei in 2010's Cyrus.
"I got to f**king be in a Martin Scorsese movie and I just got nominated for an Oscar," he said of not having any career regrets. "I'm tripping out, Howard . . . I'm in shock. I'm totally in shock."