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Mark Ruffalo

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Episode 4

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

Credit

Starring:

Jonah Hill

Transcript

00:00
My mom sent a mariachi band
00:02
to play my favorite song, Feliz Navidad,
00:04
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,
00:15
and there was eight mariachi band players stuffed
00:18
in that winter little cubby thing.
00:21
I was like, "Am I hallucinating right now?"
00:23
Then they came in, and they started playing Feliz Navidad.
00:25
It was an amazing gift.
00:27
[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
00:43
from Gus Van Sant asking me
00:45
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
00:54
as rocking the Tom Petty vibe.
00:55
Danny Glicker, our costume designer,
00:58
found this photograph of Yves Saint Laurent
01:01
at his house in Morocco in the '60s,
01:03
or '70s, or something, and we both looked at it,
01:06
and we were like, "Oh, Level 10 Marrakesh."
01:09
Tom Petty and Yves Saint Laurent, Level 10 Marrakesh,
01:13
he wears a lot of kaftans,
01:14
and Moroccan stuff in the movie.
01:17
I personally admire Donny's calm and zen.
01:20
I aspire to and work towards a sense of calm
01:23
which I don't naturally possess in my personal life.
01:27
What was great about Donny was,
01:28
he was someone who had had such a tumultuous life,
01:30
but was on the other end of it,
01:32
and sort of had conquered a lot
01:34
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,
01:42
even having the long blond hair,
01:44
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,
01:52
so he's like, "Oh, he should dance.
01:53
"I'd love to see what Donny dances like."
01:55
I was like, "Disco," 'cause he's always talking
01:56
about going to these disco clubs.
01:58
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.
02:04
♪ I need love, I need ♪
02:06
Yeah, so that was amazing, it was so great.
02:08
Right after I finished Don't Worry,
02:11
I went into preproduction on Mid90s as a writerdirector
02:15
with the same DP, so we had lot of the same crew,
02:17
so I went from the most peaceful time
02:19
of my life to, arguably, prep,
02:21
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?
02:31
No, so it was '93. You can do one of the first.
02:32
No, hold on.
02:33
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,
02:49
and how that music
02:50
is the emotional backbone of my childhood.
02:53
[Lynn] What was your favorite
02:54
Halloween costume growing up?
02:56
Most consistently, I probably was a Ninja Turtle.
02:59
Michelangelo.
03:00
Yeah, I'm a party dude.
03:01
You know why, I actually was doing this
03:03
with my friends the other day, which one are you?
03:04
I'm not a party dude, but I basically got
03:06
into this whole argument about,
03:08
which Ninja Turtle are you?
03:09
Then which Sex And The City character are you?
03:11
Then which Sopranos character are you?
03:13
I think I'm Sarah Jessica Parker.
03:14
They think I'm Samantha,
03:16
but not 'cause of promiscuity,
03:17
but just because of lack of judgment
03:20
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.
03:27
I think I'm a Carrie.
03:28
I'm a writer, I'm annoying.
03:31
Then Sopranos, I was Chris Moltisanti,
03:34
which, I don't know what it meant, but.
03:37
[Lynn] What was your first email address?
03:39
Gordonbombay18@aol, which,
03:41
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,
03:54
something we'd be surprised
03:55
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.
04:07
I take boxing very seriously.
04:09
Then I just started jiujitsu today.
04:11
Because it felt the most like physical chess to me.
04:16
[Lynn] This is gonna be your fortune for the day,
04:18
and a little paper will come
04:19
out the other side, so catch it.
04:20
It's a little challenging to open,
04:22
to be honest with you.
04:23
[Lynn laughs]
04:25
Good things happen when you smile,
04:27
or when you're naked.
04:28
[Lynn laughs]
04:31
I was naked after jiujitsu
04:33
when I was in the locker room,
04:34
and nothing good happened.
04:36
[Lynn laughs]