Jonah Hill Took $60,000 ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Payday Just to Work With Martin Scorsese

Jonah Hill Took $60,000 'Wolf of Wall Street' Payday Just to Work With Martin Scorsese

The Oscar-nominated actor tells Howard Stern that this job was not about paying the bills

Jonah Hill accepted a paltry $60,000 paycheck for his Oscar-nominated work on “The Wolf of Wall Street” because it was the opportunity of a lifetime to work with Martin Scorsese, the actor told shock jock Howard Stern on Tuesday.

“They gave me the lowest amount of money possible, that was their offer,” Hill said on Stern's radio show.

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“And I said, ‘I will sign the paper tonight. Fax me the papers tonight. I want to sign them tonight before they change their mind.'”

The $60,000 figure may seem like a lot to most middle class Americans, but Hill said it was industry scale — the bare minimum the Screen Actors Guild would let the production pay before taxes and agent, lawyer, and manager's obligatory cuts. It's just 0.6 percent of the $10 million star Leonardo DiCaprio reportedly received for his role in the film.

But Hill told Stern it was all worth it just for a chance to work with the legendary director, Scorsese.

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“I would sell my house and give him all my money to work for him,” Hill said.

“This isn't what you make money for. You do '22 Jump Street’ or you do other things, and you can pay your rent,” he added, referring to the upcoming slapstick comedy sequel with Channing Tatum.

“I would've done anything in the world. I would do it again in a second.”

Perhaps if he does it enough times, Hill will join DiCaprio on a “Marty”-name basis with the man most of Hollywood would only call “Mr. Scorsese.”

  • Burphelson AFB

    hah, a “paltry” $60K paycheck – many Americans would be ecstatic to earn that in a year, not for a month's work (or less.)

    • Justin Parker

      Please tell me one movie that was filmed in 1 month…

      • Joe

        Changing Lanes was filmed in a day, wasn't very good but that's not the point

      • Simon

        Dallas Buyers Club.

  • Cynthia Rouse

    Pretty much any actor would work for a modest salary just for the opportunity to be in a Scorsese film. That would stay on your resume forever, and he is pretty good to his actors, compared to others. His films have good acting roles. Beyond that, the industry has changed so much; and the money that above the line stars used to make is no longer being offered. I was a working actor in the late 1980's, actually making a living with SAG wages, supplemented by modeling fees. There are gorgeous models who now work bottle service in fancy clubs because film actresses are taking the modeling gigs. Voice over artists used to be union talent. Now they are household name stars. The entire industry is constricting. Commercial talent used to be regular working actors, working in smaller roles. You now see stars, or billed talent in 2 or 3 minute scenes. The last couple of calls I got for film work in 2012, small speaking roles in decent projects; as I asked about wages, there was dead silence on the line. It is a different game now. Leading actors used to break by 30. Now they are all kids. I wonder why…

  • Guest

    Whoop dee doo…

    • Trav

      The wolf of Wallstreet took 7months to film…

  • ReppinRealBrothas

    As good as DiCaprio was in WOW, Jonah Hill was just as good. I can't see why he couldn't get some “backend money” structured into his contract, based on DVD sales or something. I will say he definitely showed some more range, as an actor. While, he did play a quasi-buffoon in WOW, there was more depth and dimension there, versus in his roles in movies like Superbad or 21 Jump Street. I think he will get more offers for “serious roles”, as a result of his financial sacrifice. As much as people hate on LeBron James for being “selfish”, he took over $5,000,000 less per season, to sign with Miami. He has got to the NBA Finals all 3 season there and won 2 NBA championships .Sometimes, you got to see the big picture and realize the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow versus being a money whore all the time. His role in the new “22 Jumpstreet” movie coming out, isnt going to endear him to serious directors making serious films like his role in “Wolf of Wall Street” will, short term financial gain aside. My mom had a friend offered less money to cater a banquet, where there were going to be a lot of local political and business figures attending, but turned it down. My mother told her she was stupid and short sighted. If she did a great job, she would have been swimming in referral business and could have really grew her business. Yet, she was too worried about immediate gratification like most people are nowadays.

    • devin

      don't bring up lebron, lebron only went to miami because of tax reason, since florida takes away almost nothing from his contract, he is actually making the same amount

  • dazfx2

    Sacrifice for a better payday later on