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Jonah Hill paid $60K for award-winning role in ‘Wolf’

Jonah Hill paid $60K for award-winning role in ‘Wolf’

'WOLF:' Jonah Hill arrives at the 71st annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 12, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Photo: Associated Press/Jordan Strauss/Invision

Oscar nominee Jonah Hill was so excited at the prospect of working with his “absolute hero” Martin Scorsese on “The Wolf of Wall Street,” he accepted the job for just $60,000 (£37,500).

The “Moneyball” star accepted the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) union minimum to get the chance to work with the revered filmmaker for almost seven months.

He made the revelation during a radio interview with U.S. shock jock Howard Stern on Tuesday, admitting he auditioned for the role of drug-taking swindler Donnie Azoff and then had to wait for two months before learning he had won the part.

Hill said, “They gave me the lowest amount of money possible… and I said, ‘I will sign the papers tonight. Fax me the papers…’ I said, ‘I wanna sign them before I go to sleep tonight, so they legally can’t change their mind’.

“It was the minimum… I think… $60,000 before commissions and taxes for almost a seven-month shoot.”

And the actor insists he has never once regretted signing on for such a low figure: “I would sell my house and give him (Scorsese) all my money to work for him… and I would do it again in a second. It’s not about money for me.

“Scorsese, he’s the best in the world at what he does… Every actor in the world wants to work with Martin Scorsese.”

“The Wolf of Wall Street,” based on the wild lifestyle of disgraced New York stockbroker Jordan Belfort, is also shortlisted for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Director for Scorsese at the Academy Awards.

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