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Interviewers: Please stop shitting on Jonah Hill

A few years ago, we saw actor Jonah Hill get understandably miffed by a French TV host who relentlessly ridiculed him on live TV. In the aftermath, there were reports that Hill was considering canceling the rest of that particular press tour, which caused many to ask, “Why so sensitive, Jonah?” Well, watch the above montage and maybe you’ll get it. For some reason, the performer, who has risen from a comedic supporting to player to an Oscar-nominated prestige star, is routinely dunked on in interviews.

It begins with a bit of self-aware prodding from famed director Edgar Wright, who, upon the release of 2007's Superbad, conducted an interview with Hill and Michael Cera. “Do you think it’s important to be unattractive to be funny?” he asks. From there, however, we move to the aforementioned French interview and then to another where an interviewer asks Hill if he’s still considered “the fat guy in Hollywood,” despite having lost a considerable amount of weight, and also that being a terrible and stupid question. Later, Jimmy Kimmel tells him apropos of nothing that Hill smells better than he would’ve expected.

Hill takes it all in stride, but you can see the annoyance behind his eyes. After all, he wasn’t born with the smoldering gaze or steel-cut jawlines of his myriad co-stars, and, despite that, has managed to navigate the awfully tricky road from goofy character actor to leading man to, as we saw yesterday, writer and director.


Anyways, interviewers, maybe just consider that before you remind him that he’s not as good-looking as Leonardo DiCaprio.

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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