In a world filled with monetary greed it’s really refreshing to hear that Jonah Hill accepted minimum wage for his recent co-starring role in The Wolf of Wall Street. Now that being said, that minimum wage was still $60,000 dollars, and I could pay for the next four years in university, and have some left over to play with, with that kind of pay, but compared to Leonardo Di Caprio who brought in north of 10 million dollars for his contribution to the film, Hill made pennies. But he’s not complaining one bit, Hill claims that he was more than happy with the offer, and wanted to sign the contract before production had the chance to change their minds.
Clearly Jonah is doing it right, he values working with both Scorsese, and Di Caprio more than he cares about the money. He claims “This isn’t what you make money for. You do ’22 Jump Street’ or you do other things, and you can pay your rent. I would’ve done anything in the world. I would do it again in a second … This s–t isn’t about money. You should do things that you care about.”-as quoted in the Huffington Post It’s so refreshing to see that Jonah realizes that in his career sometimes you have to accept less, to gain a greater reputation, and his love for acting is above any money they could have offered him. It seems as though Hill is turning his acting career around, and is going from taking on goofy, immature roles like in Super Bad, and 21 Jump Street, to taking on a more glamorous goofy, immature, and explicit roles (Okay maybe he’s not changing all that much, buy you see what I’m saying).
Don’t get me wrong it’s obvious that after being in the Golden Globe award winning film, Hill’s ratings and reputation as a well-respected actor will increase, and with that higher demand comes a higher income. But the main lesson I think we can all take away from Jonah Hill is that sometimes you have to remember that money isn’t everything and that you should do something because you love it, not just for the pay off.
Hill has high respect for Di Caprio, and Scorsese as working artists, and I now have even more respect for Jonah as an artist as well. He took an opportunity to work with the best, so that he could work towards being valued as one of the best as well. That’s something I think everyone whether they be a fan of Jonah Hill or not, ought to condone.