Jonah Hill was so desperate to work with Martin Scorsese on The Wolf of Wall Street, he apparently agreed to work for SAG minimums. In a film with a rumored budget of over $100 million, the Oscar-nominated Hill revealed on Tuesday that he earned only $60,000.
"They gave me the lowest amount of money possible, that was their offer," he told Stern. "I said, 'I will sign the paper tonight. Fax me the papers tonight.' I want to sign them tonight before they change their mind. I said I want to sign them before I go to sleep tonight so they legally can't change their mind."
According to Hill, SAG minimum for the 7-month shoot was "something like $60,000 before commissions and taxes." But in no way does Hill regret the pay cut: "I would sell my house and give him all my money to work for [Scorsese] . . . I would have done anything in the world. I would do it again in a second."
Of course, Hill is in a privileged position in that he was able to afford such a small sum, but it's nice to hear about someone young in Hollywood genuinely privileging work over cash. "It's not about money for me. None of this shit is about money," he said. "I got to fucking be in a Martin Scorsese movie."
The censors will be ready for Hill when he hosts SNL for the third time this weekend: