While the budget for Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf Of Wall Street is estimated at around $100 million, a surprisingly small percentage of that went into Jonah Hill’s pockets—unless you count the pockets of his vintage, loose-fit stonewashed jeans, which Scorsese spared no expense faithfully recreating from my nightmares about junior high. Hill told Howard Stern he was offered “the lowest amount of money possible” for his work on the film (or at least, the lowest amount possible for actors), explaining, “I think SAG minimum is something like $60,000 before commissions and taxes.”
Still, lest you feel as though Hill was swindled out of a fortune—like the victims of his and Leonardo DiCaprio’s characters that you never see, because that would be no fun—he made it clear he’s good with earning what would be, for many people, an average annual salary for his seven months of work, with the bonus of his ascension to the rarified air of the dramatic actor A-list. “I would sell my house and give him all my money to work for [Scorsese]… I would have done anything in the world,” Hill said. “None of this shit is about money… I got to fucking be in a Martin Scorsese movie and I just got nominated for an Oscar.” It’s probably a lot like what you say about your own career, minus the part about being in a Martin Scorsese movie and the Oscar nomination.
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