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Jonah Hill: "Whatever, Man. Scorsese Thinks I’m Awesome"

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The following excerpt is from the latest Bullett magazine issue, which features a cover story of Jonah Hill. The This Is the End star reacts to his newly found reputation of an enormous douchebag in the media. "Whatever, man. Scorsese thinks I’m awesome," the actor responds. Check out some highlights below:
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How Jonah sees himself: “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.”
The roles he passed on: “All I ever wanted to be was, like, regarded,” he says. “A genuine fear of mine was that I was going to be known as ‘The Guy from Superbad’ for the rest of my life.” Around that time, director Todd Phillips approached him to play “any one of the three main parts in The Hangover,” says Hill, who declined the offer, along with another to play Shia LaBeouf ’s sidekick in Michael Bay’s Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. “They were both really big decisions, and ones that most people didn’t understand,” he says. “I knew I could be a dramatic actor, but I also knew I couldn’t go from Superbad to Schindler’s List.”
On criticism: “You can dis me all you want on a blog, or write whatever you want in this magazine and I’ll just be like, ‘Whatever, man. [Martin] Scorsese thinks I’m awesome.’ [Laughs.] He hired me and didn’t fire me, so I can kind of not care now. It really did give me personal assurance that I’m doing the right thing and that I’m talented in certain ways because he’s so important to me.”
His relationship status: A bros-before-hoes outlook on love suits Hill, who, though currently single, would eventually like to settle down and have kids. Fame, however, has hindered his ability to meet women. “The idea of celebrity is incredibly seductive and it brings out the evil in people,” says Hill, who used to onlydate girls with whom he’d gone to high school “because I knew they liked me before I was successful.” He’s confessed to past threesomes and to bedding a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, but he admits, “It’s not sustainable in a way that will give you any real gratification. It won’t have kids with you because it’s just an idea.”
Jonah knows super-famous people: “When Brad [Pitt] and Angie [Jolie] came to my birthday party last year, I think that was pretty shocking to a lot of people because that was at a small bar, but my birthday party this year was at my house and, um, some of the guys from The Wolf of Wall Street came over. My friends weren’t like, ‘Oh my gosh! A famous person’s here.’ More than that, it was the actors there who were like, ‘Man, it’s so awesome how close you are with all these people who don’t give a f–k that you’re in movies or that anyone else is in movies.’ Because no one cared that Leo [DiCaprio] was there.”
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The Toronto-based firm received the news in Nashville on Wednesday night. Zulu was introduced to the stage as “Shit Disturbers” borrowing from the title a local industry publications bestowed on the agency when it made its A-list of top Canadian shops in December. The shop was given that name for its strong stance on creative spec work for pitches. But despite turning down 80% of the RFPs that come its way, it continues to grow and attract top tier clients like Whirlpool, Stella Artois and Uber over the past year.

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The Ad Age Small Agency Awards go to independent agencies with up to 150 employees that have demonstrated smart strategies and innovative ideas for clients.
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See some of Zulu's brilliant work  here.

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