Over the course of movie history, we’ve heard of actors and filmmakers taking gambles to make sure that specific pieces of art get made. The latest case of this is Oscar nominated actor Jonah Hill revealing the massive pay cut he took in order to make sure he appeared in The Wolf of Wall Street.
Hill recently spoke with Howard Stern and mentioned that he accepted the SAG minimum salary of $60,000 to appear in the Martin Scorsese film.
“They gave me the lowest amount of money possible. That was their offer. I said I will sign the papers tonight, fax me the papers tonight. I want to sign them tonight before they change their mind.”
The film has gone on to have a nice run at the box office, but the true payoff for Hill was the Best Supporting Actor nomination he received from the Academy Awards this year. Hill noted that he is happy to make money off of films like this summer’s 22 Jump Street and would rather work with Martin Scorsese than get paid a lot of money to do so.