Jonah Hill Turned Down Starring Roles in Two of the Biggest Movies of 2009, Hangover & Transformers

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Jonah Hill Turned Down Starring Roles in Two of the Biggest Movies of 2009, Hangover & Transformers
 

 
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Jonah Hill was on a quest to veer off the comedy course when he apparently turned down roles in two major blockbusters.

After his star turn in the breakout 2007 hit "Superbad," he was offered "any one of the three main parts in ','" he tells Bullet magazine. In other words, Hill could've played Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), or Alan (Zach Galifianakis) in the second highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever.

But that's not all: He also declined the opportunity to star as Shia LaBeouf's sidekick in "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," the second most successful film of 2009, right behind "Avatar."

"They were both really big decisions, and ones that most people didn't understand," he admits. "I knew I could be a dramatic actor, but I also knew I couldn't go from 'Superbad' to 'Schindler's List.'"

His ballsy tactics have paid off, leading to his Oscar-nominated supporting part opposite Brad Pitt in 2011's "Moneyball" and a prime role in the upcoming Martin Scorsese drama "The Wolf of Wall Street," starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a money-hungry stockbroker.

On his competition for his "Wolf of Wall Street" part, Hill says, "I knew that I was being considered among a list of other actors, but not my contemporaries -- Andrew Garfield or Joseph Gordon-Levitt -- people who are usually up for the same stuff as me. I was hearing names like George Clooney."

In a recent Rolling Stone interview, for which the "This Is the End" star received some flak for seeming standoffish, Hill said, "I've done one of the biggest challenges you can do in Hollywood, which is transition from being a comedic actor to being a serious actor, and I'm really prideful of that. I could have made a billion dollars doing every big comedy of the last 10 years and didn't, in order to form a whole other life for myself. Now I have fulfillment doing both."

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61 comments for "Jonah Hill Turned Down Starring Roles in Two of the Biggest Movies of 2009, Hangover & Transformers"

 4 years ago '07        #2
Ham Rove 3510 heat pts3510
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good for Jonah.
 06-27-2013, 11:50 AM         #3
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Nothing wrong with that. After all, if he continues that path of being the "chubby funny guy" eventually people will see you as that and become a 1 dimensional and it'll be a bi*ch later on trying to get those serious acting roles because that's all people will see. His decision pay off for the best and I hope it continues that route
 06-27-2013, 11:53 AM         #4
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 Mvs2527 said:
His Role in Django is priceless
I damn near pissed myself in that scene
 4 years ago '10        #5
Delbert Mengel 28 heat pts28
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good luck to him
 06-27-2013, 06:20 PM         #6
the player 
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oscar nominated
 4 years ago '10        #7
SoFresh170 27 heat pts27
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I would love to see a scene with him and Alan from the hangover
 4 years ago '10        #8
ColeWorld 42 heat pts42
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One of my fav actors
 4 years ago '04        #9
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Jonah in Hangover could've possibly been even better than what it is.
 4 years ago '04        #10
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He is smart. He would have become Jack Black which isn't a bad thing but these days people don't really want to see Jack Black in a serious role OR a comedic role for that matter.


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 4 years ago '06        #11
Storchaveli 94 heat pts94
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That's my fat comedian jew buddy.
 4 years ago '05        #12
_Player2 208 heat pts208
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Zack Galifadifhaiodfhanokis > Jonah Hill


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 4 years ago '13        #13
BC is that Guy 
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what an IDIOT!!!!!!!

He has CLEARLY been in comedy movies since Hangover 1 came out...... not to mention Transformers WASNT a comedy more like a straight up CASH COW.....

And lets talk about the fact that Shia Lebeouf "transitioned"into much better and higher grossing "dramatic" movies than Jonah has In that same time. I Cant believe u guys r praising this guy for such epic failure
 4 years ago '05        #14
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 mrwalterwhite69 said:
thats my fav little simba actor and im so proud he is growing up so well
little simba actor? whats that mean
 4 years ago '05        #15
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 Michael 1987 said:
That kid is lame as hell.. Im'glad he did.
Stop it Michelle.
 4 years ago '13        #16
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The Hangover was casted perfectly and although his comic timing is damn near perfect, I seriously doubt he would've been able to save Transformers 2. That was a terrible flick!

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 4 years ago '06        #17
RAZAH CUTS 5835 heat pts5835
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hey, he's rich anyway.. he doesn't have to think based on money motivations... he can do whatever he likes...

must be nice...
 06-27-2013, 10:03 PM         #18
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Even Jonah knew he couldn't save Transformers 2
 4 years ago '04        #19
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This dude thinks he's on Gordon levitts level? Lol
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