Jonah Hill on His Favorite Song, His Secret Talent, and Which SATC Character He Is

While those close to Jonah Hill say that he’s a Samantha, the actor-writer-director explains in his Screen Test how he’s actually more of a Carrie. Plus, Hill reflects on his high-stress year starring in “Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” and writing/directing “Mid90s,” and shares his all-time favorite song and his secret talent.

Released on 1/21/2019

Credits

Starring: Jonah Hill

Transcript

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My mom sent a mariachi band
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to play my favorite song, Feliz Navidad,
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on one of my birthdays, and surprised my friends and I.
00:07
Of course it was fun.
00:08
[Lynn laughs]
00:09
It was a mariachi band playing Feliz Navidad.
00:11
It was at night, and it was in the winter in New York.
00:13
I looked in the restaurant,
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and there was eight mariachi band players stuffed
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in that winter little cubby thing.
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I was like, Am I hallucinating right now?
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Then they came in, and they started playing Feliz Navidad.
00:25
It was an amazing gift.
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[Lynn] Did they also play happy birthday?
00:28
No, 'cause my favorite song is Feliz Navidad,
00:30
so she only told them to play Feliz Navidad.
00:33
[Lynn] That's so beautiful.
00:38
Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot.
00:40
Donny came to me because I got a phone call
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from Gus Van Sant asking me
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to play the part of Donny.
00:46
He is a real person.
00:48
He was Joaquin's character John Callahan's AA sponsor.
00:52
In Callahan's book, he describes him
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as rocking the Tom Petty vibe.
00:55
Danny Glicker, our costume designer,
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found this photograph of Yves Saint Laurent
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at his house in Morocco in the '60s,
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or '70s, or something, and we both looked at it,
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and we were like, Oh, Level 10 Marrakesh.
01:09
Tom Petty and Yves Saint Laurent, Level 10 Marrakesh,
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he wears a lot of kaftans,
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and Moroccan stuff in the movie.
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I personally admire Donny's calm and zen.
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I aspire to and work towards a sense of calm
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which I don't naturally possess in my personal life.
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What was great about Donny was,
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he was someone who had had such a tumultuous life,
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but was on the other end of it,
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and sort of had conquered a lot
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of the things that were darker, demonic about himself.
01:38
That was really a joy to play.
01:41
I missed being him afterwards,
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even having the long blond hair,
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and just how peaceful he was.
01:45
There's a scene where I'm supposed to come home
01:47
and see that someone's stolen my watch.
01:50
He should be happy 'cause he's going on a trip,
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so he's like, Oh, he should dance.
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I'd love to see what Donny dances like.
01:55
I was like, Disco, 'cause he's always talking
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about going to these disco clubs.
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Gus put on the Donna Summer song.
02:00
[Lynn] Love To Love You, Baby.
02:01
Love To Love You, Baby, yeah.
02:03
No, I Need Love, sorry.
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♪ I need love, I need ♪
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Yeah, so that was amazing, it was so great.
02:08
Right after I finished Don't Worry,
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I went into pre-production on Mid90s as a writer-director
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with the same DP, so we had lot of the same crew,
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so I went from the most peaceful time
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of my life to, arguably, prep,
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which was the most stressful point of my life.
02:23
The first CD I ever bought...
02:29
Oh, gosh.
02:30
What is it?
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No, so it was '93. You can do one of the first.
02:32
No, hold on.
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One of the first would be Doggystyle or The Chronic.
02:36
I grew up on rap music.
02:39
A big reason for making the film,
02:40
it's like framing hip hop in a film
02:44
how it was with me, how the Beatles were to my parents,
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and how that music
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is the emotional backbone of my childhood.
02:53
[Lynn] What was your favorite
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Halloween costume growing up?
02:56
Most consistently, I probably was a Ninja Turtle.
02:59
Michelangelo.
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Yeah, I'm a party dude.
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You know why, I actually was doing this
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with my friends the other day, which one are you?
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I'm not a party dude, but I basically got
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into this whole argument about,
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which Ninja Turtle are you?
03:09
Then which Sex And The City character are you?
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Then which Sopranos character are you?
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I think I'm Sarah Jessica Parker.
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They think I'm Samantha,
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but not 'cause of promiscuity,
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but just because of lack of judgment
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of people's lifestyles, I would say.
03:22
Not my own lifestyle, but that's what they said.
03:25
It's not like I'm a Samantha.
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I think I'm a Carrie.
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I'm a writer, I'm annoying.
03:31
Then Sopranos, I was Chris Moltisanti,
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which, I don't know what it meant, but.
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[Lynn] What was your first email address?
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Gordonbombay18@aol, which,
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Gordon Bombay was Emilio Estevez's character
03:44
in The Mighty Ducks.
03:45
No, I never watched hockey in my life.
03:48
I loved The Mighty Ducks growing up.
03:50
That was the kids' movie of my age range, right?
03:53
[Lynn] What's your secret skill,
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something we'd be surprised
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that you know how to do?
03:57
I am very good at pilates.
04:00
Yoga's more flexibility, and pilates is more core strength.
04:05
I'm also, I think, quite a good boxer.
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I take boxing very seriously.
04:09
Then I just started jiu-jitsu today.
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Because it felt the most like physical chess to me.
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[Lynn] This is gonna be your fortune for the day,
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and a little paper will come
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out the other side, so catch it.
04:20
It's a little challenging to open,
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to be honest with you.
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[Lynn laughs]
04:25
Good things happen when you smile,
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or when you're naked.
04:28
[Lynn laughs]
04:31
I was naked after jiu-jitsu
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when I was in the locker room,
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and nothing good happened.
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[Lynn laughs]