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>>Interviewer: Good afternoon and welcome to YouTube Headquarters in San Bruno, California,
if you're joining us from somewhere on the internet. Our guest today at YouTube is an
actor who has appeared in some of the comedies that defined the last decade. I'm talking
about movies like 40-Year-Old Virgin and Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Get Him to the
Greek, Funny People and more, but he's here today to share with us some of his experiences
working in a dramatic role on a movie that opens this weekend. The movie is Moneyball.
Please welcome me or please join me in welcoming to YouTube, Jonah Hill.
>>Jonah Hill: Hello.
>>Interviewer: How're you doing? How're you doing?
>>Jonah Hill: I'm well. How are you?
>>Interviewer: Good, good.
>>Jonah Hill: Thanks for joining internet if you're watching this. Haven't seen you
in awhile. I hope your hair still looks as good as last time I saw it, internet, and
why'd you break up with me? That wasn't nice. OK. How are you guys doing?
>>Interviewer: Excellent. So Jonah, I, I could explain what, what Moneyball is as a movie,
but I'm sure people would rather hear you tell 'em about it.
>>Jonah Hill: Moneyball is a drama about baseball, but, you know, it's about the 2002 Oakland
A's and Billy Beane and my character, Peter Brand, using this technique called sabermetrics
or moneyball as they call it. And they use this technique of a different way of finding
value in players to, to build a team with very little money that ends up winning 20
straight games in a row, which breaks a lot of records. Now on paper this sounds like
the most boring movie ever made.
>>Jonah Hill: About, a movie about baseball statistics. But Aaron Sorkin, who wrote The
Social Network, and Steve Zaillian, who wrote Schindler's List, wrote, wrote this movie.
And Aaron Sorkin, and I'm paraphrasing here, said about it, just as how The Social Network
on paper sounds very boring, you know a movie about someone inventing a website, maybe not
to the people in this room, [chuckles] [audience laughs] but to me that sounded very boring.
And, and, and you know you watch that film and it's riveting and really groundbreaking
and cool and a great drama, and it's the same thing about Moneyball because the filmmakers
really use baseball as a really beautiful aesthetic backdrop to tell a really moving
story about underdogs and being undervalued. And that's the story I connected to and also
it stars Brad Pitt and myself and Philip Seymour Hoffman, so the three most handsome guys in
the world, obviously they, they found us all and paired us together finally.
>>Jonah Hill: And for me it's exciting because it's you know you're used to seeing me in
comedies and this is, you know I love comedy movies and dramatic movies, and for me it's
a really big opportunity to show you guys what I could do in a dramatic role and I hope
you like it, that'd be nice, yeah, sure.
>>Interviewer: Now it's not as if you only done kind of one particular style of comedy
over the years, I mean, The Invention of Lying had a very kind of specific tone to it. And
then even Funny People was a very kind of naturalistic movie, but still this is a big
step up for you, kind of being head to head with Brad Pitt?
>>Jonah Hill: Well, I made um, I made a movie last year called Cyrus, which was a smaller
movie that not a lot of people saw. And it was myself and John C. Reilly and Marisa Tomei,
and that was kind of good, like it was a good bridge way in between some of the comedies
I made and, and, and dramatic work because it was funny and it was a drama, it had both
things in it. And yeah I mean the thing about the comedies I've done is to me at the time
when, when I had met Judd Apatow and all these guys you know like and we all started working
together, it did feel very punk rock and different than what was going on in comedy. It felt
like a different thing that was happening and we all kind of have the same energy and,
and, and take on what we wanted to do, led by Judd obviously. And you know but now it's
years later and those movies have been copied now to death and you know in my mind I'm always
like, what's next, how do I evolve and how do you evolve and then you watch the way that
Judd is evolving as a filmmaker and Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberger evolving as filmmakers,
and now my evolution involves doing movies like Cyrus and Moneyball and that's stuff
I'm really psyched about, you know, so hopefully I could get to do both of those things, the
comedy and drama.
>>Interviewer: Now, I've, I've heard some actors say that it's very intimidating to
work opposite someone like Robert De Niro because it's Robert De Niro and obviously
Brad Pitt is just so damn handsome. Do you have to just like stay around for 20 minutes
to see if it goes away? Or how does that work?
>>Jonah Hill: No, you know, honestly, like
>>Jonah Hill: To what?
>>Interviewer: To just, you know, get past the initial shock?
>>Jonah Hill: This guy.
>>Jonah Hill: Calm down.
>>Interviewer: I have more questions like this, so.
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah, yeah. It's the accent mixed with the tattoos mixed with the stare
mixed with the smile, it's, it's.
>>Interviewer: We'll be fine.
>>Jonah Hill: Alright. If anything happens to me, um, I'm in northern California, in
a really weird professor auditorium?
>>Jonah Hill: I don't know where I am. But, no, I mean you know obviously I was intimidated
when I got this part because it was myself, you know I'm the second lead in this movie
with Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman's in the movie and you know Bennett Miller's
directing it who directed Capote, and Aaron Sorkin wrote Social Network, and Steve Zaillian,
who wrote Schindler's List, and it just is this really surreal dream-like experience
from day one and so you know the first day of rehearsals I was really nervous, but I
was like, I can either be really freaked out or I can kick my nerves to the curb for a
second and try and deliver for these people who took a chance on giving me an opportunity
to do something truly different, so. I just wanted to come through for them and if I was
sitting around being nervous about how talented everyone was, I probably would of just thought
about that as opposed to doing a good job.
>>Interviewer: Sure. Now obviously Moneyball really is a, it's a number of things. It's
a human interest story, it's the story of Billy Beane, but I don't want to underplay
the role of statistics, obviously we probably have some you know programmers and engineers.
>>Jonah Hill: Well you guys are nerds, so it's like
>>Interviewer: Yes, exactly.
>>Jonah Hill: really exciting for you.
>>Interviewer: There are some people here I'm sure
[laughter] >>Jonah Hill: Wrong crowd, wrong room, wrong
room. The internet liked that more than this room.
>>Interviewer: They don't like being called nerds.
>>Jonah Hill: I'm leaving, no.
>>Interviewer: But I mean how did you deal with, did you method act your way through
the, the statistical stuff?
>>Jonah Hill: No, well, honestly, I, you know, I realized I had never played a character
with a skill before, of any kind.
>>Jonah Hill: And now the character I was playing had to be a brilliant statistician
and mathematician, so I had a statistics tutor and a mathematics tutor and I think that was
probably the hardest job on Moneyball was teaching me how to count past 10 probably,
because I'm very poor at math and science, I was always really good at history and English
and acting and stuff like that in school.
>>Interviewer: Now I did read somewhere that apparently you were kind of suggest, it was
suggested that you should deal with statistics the same way that you, you kind of talk about
other actors in Hollywood and their strengths and weaknesses, so.
>>Jonah Hill: Or filmmakers or.
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah, movies themselves.
>>Interviewer: So I was kind of wondering, could you maybe give us an example and maybe
give us like two of Seth Rogen's strengths and one weakness.
>>Jonah Hill: [laughing] I'm not gonna do that.
>>Interviewer: He'll never know.
>>Jonah Hill: Why would I want to? Next question.
>>Interviewer: Well, what's his strength? What is a strength that you gained from working
>>Jonah Hill: Ask him. I don't know. What the hell.
>>Interviewer: Alright. I'll, I'll ask him.
>>Jonah Hill: I flew down to northern California. Don't ask me about Seth. He's great. He's
getting married in a couple of weeks, I'm gonna go to his wedding.
>>Interviewer: Excellent. OK now, Brad is obviously playing very much the character
of Billy Beane, I mean he, there's a lot of Billy in the book, it's a really interesting
read. You're playing maybe more of a composite character and maybe a bigger character that
>>Jonah Hill: Do you work for YouTube?
>>Jonah Hill: I thought this was for people who were on YouTube to ask questions.
>>Interviewer: Well I, we're gonna get to that.
>>Jonah Hill: [laughing] I wanna hear your guys' questions, right? We should hear the
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah.
>>Interviewer: I thought we were gonna do some Moneyball questions.
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah, we can do it, keep going. But I wanna hear the, I wanna hear the kids
that are on the computer, that's exciting to me. Right? Yeah.
>>Interviewer: OK. Sure.
>>Jonah Hill: OK, cool.
>>Interviewer: Shall we skip to the questions that we got from the internet?
>>Jonah Hill: No, no, keep going.
>>Interviewer: Well, I was just kind of interested in
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah.
>>Interviewer: obviously Billy, as I say Billy is a real character, you're playing more of
a composite character maybe and it's a bigger part perhaps than it is in the book. Because
in the book you know the character of the statistician isn't drawn out as much and I
maybe thought that would have been an interesting opportunity to have that a little bit grounded
in reality, but then you get Aaron Sorkin writing out the role?
>>Jonah Hill: Well I think, you know, my character in this movie is a guy who would blend into
a wall, right? So he's never had a light shined on him before. He's never had someone empower
him in any way. He's someone who is doing the busy work on a computer, no offense, [audience
chuckles] and you don't usually see that person's story is what I'm saying so for me I found
it really unique to get to play a character where you're getting to play someone who you're,
you're hearing their story who you don't usually get to see. And a guy like Billy, like Brad
Pitt's character, is the guy's character who you always see in a movie, the main protagonist,
but the cool thing is Brad's character was overvalued. He was told he was gonna be this
big sports star because he was handsome and he was good at baseball and he turned down
going to Stanford and he turned down getting an education and he fizzled out and he didn't
become this big sports star. And my character is undervalued. He's taken at face value,
taken as a guy who can just do busy work on a computer, but he has these really brilliant
radical ideas and Billy's the first person, Brad's character, Billy, is the first person
who sees him and goes, you're, you're, you're something special, you have something special
to offer. And it's really cool to see that guy's story. So that's what I found really
interesting. And it's kind of like seeing a baby use his legs for the first time, you
know, because he's never been empowered before, so he's metaphorically wobbling around, you
know, trying to learn how to walk, or trying to learn how to deal with some sort of power,
and that's exciting. Yeah.
>>Interviewer: And obviously a lot of this was filmed at the Coliseum in Oakland.
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah.
>>Interviewer: And again, that's a little bit of a character in the book. You read about
the video room and just the atmosphere, it's certainly not the most palatial stadium in
>>Jonah Hill: Right.
>>Interviewer: Did that help to kind of soak up that atmosphere?
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah. I mean honestly, when we shot there, I mean there's no more really
place you could actually go than where you're shooting is where it took place. And then
when you walk out on the field, it's just the coolest thing ever, because it's empty
and then you know you can run around the bases and throw the ball around and stuff and then
when we shot a lot of the games that are really factual about what actually took place, there
were real A's fans in the stadium, some of whom were at those actual games and that was
really cool, you know, that was really exciting.
>>Interviewer: So if you were to kind of apply the theories of Moneyball to the kind of movie
roles that you take and you know Moneyball being kind of looking for things that are
maybe undervalued or people don't put enough emphasis on and really kind of leveraging
them, is, is that something that you look for in roles? Or you like name big on the
poster and a lot of lines?
>>Jonah Hill: I just look for name biggest on the poster. Most amount of free stuff I
can get. No, I've, that's silly, I mean the only thing I care about, you know, the only
thing I care about is when I'm older and I have grandkids and I've spent my life doing
this, if I'm lucky to keep getting to spend my life doing this, that I'll have a few DVDs
or whatever that will be then, it'll be like watched on your palm or something, I have
a few movie cartridges I can implant into my grandchildren's brain space. And say you
know this is what I spent my life doing and I'm really proud of these few things. And
that's, that's all how I look at it because if you're gonna go away for a few months and
you're gonna go dedicate your life to something, I mean you guys know, you, everyone in this
room is someone clearly really special and smart or you wouldn't be working here. And
you could be doing anything with that intelligence, but it has to be something you're incredibly
passionate about if you're gonna dedicate not sleeping and working really hard at it
and we're all lucky enough to get to work on stuff we really care about, if we're lucky,
but the only thing that could be the impetus of that is thinking it could become something
>>Interviewer: So obviously you know comedy, some of the films you've been on, could be
described as about ensemble casts
>>Jonah Hill: Right.
>>Interviewer: a bit of a team sport kind of thing. How different is working with Judd
to the kind of the Billy Beane character, I presume Judd's not throwing chairs around
to get you to, to work.
>>Jonah Hill: Uh, well, um, no I mean Judd has been, you know, there have been four really
major Billy Beane figures in my life, people that shined a light on me and gave me the
opportunity to get where I'm at now, which is YouTube.
>>Jonah Hill: I feel like I've worked my way backwards from movies to YouTube. Aren't you
supposed to start at YouTube and then get a movie deal or something when you make a
video of yourself like getting hit in the nuts with the Frisbee or something, right?
But no, Dustin Hoffman was the first person who encouraged me to become an actor and got
me my first audition in what ended up being my first movie, which is I Heart Huckabees,
and then after that I met Judd, who, you know, gave me countless opportunities in things
you know to show what I had to offer. And the next person would be the Duplass brothers,
who gave me Cyrus, which is a movie that I was able to show a little bit more of a different
side and then finally Brad Pitt and Bennett Miller, who made Moneyball to give me this
big opportunity and then fifth would be YouTube, who gave me the opportunity to be here, which
is really cool. Yeah.
[whoops from the audience]
>>Jonah Hill: I'm here. I'm at YouTube. I'm in, while you guys are watching YouTube, I'm
in YouTube, in
>>Jonah Hill: It's just like a giant tube filled with, like, kids after the dentist
that like have had too much Vicodin or whatever and
>>Jonah Hill: like, you know women stomping on grapes and falling down and screaming.
[clapping and laughter]
>>Jonah Hill: It's a, it's a weird place.
>>Jonah Hill: It's just this giant tube with weird internet characters.
>>Interviewer: Excellent. So, um
>>Jonah Hill: Excellent.
>>Interviewer: Excellent. So again to get a, to beat this baseball metaphor to death,
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah.
>>Interviewer: as I plan to. I mean one of the things about Moneyball is it's inherently
a kind of conservative strategy to, of playing baseball, it's you know take the walk, don't
try and steal the base, get on base. It's the opposite of kind of improvisation and
obviously anybody who's seen the DVD extras and a lot of Judd's movies will know that
you know you've worked in a lot of films where there's a lot of improvisation. Is that something
that you kind of now look for as an actor, or?
>>Jonah Hill: No, I just, like I said, you know, I just I wanna make good movies, whether
they're dramas or comedies, whether they're improvised or scripted, it, it, it, the process
is not what you're looking for, what, what will be the finished result being something
that you care about. I don't want to tread over the same answer again,
>>Jonah Hill: which I feel like that kind of is, but, is, yeah, you just gotta be really
proud of what you're working on or there's no point in doing it. So you can't say like,
oh, I'm gonna do this movie because I think it's gonna make a lot of money, or I wanna
do this movie 'cause it'll get me this or I'm gonna do this because I'm gonna improvise
a lot, like that's all, you know, no matter how joyous the spirit of what you're doing
is or how annoying it was to make it or how hard it was to make or how fun it was to make
it, those will always shift, but if, your goal has to be the product being good.
>>Jonah Hill: You know? If you start doing movies for reasons like oh, they're gonna
be a lot of fun, the work might suffer
>>Jonah Hill: and the product might suffer.
>>Interviewer: So Philip Seymour Hoffman, a lot of people would say, an actor's actor?
What did you kind of experience specifically with him?
>>Jonah Hill: I think, I you know, I was most intimidated to work with him out of everyone
involved in the movie, because he, you know, I don't know, because, because he does come
off as this really intense dude from his movies and, and he's such a gifted actor and I didn't
know what his process would be like at all. And he was fantastic. I mean, super fun and
funny, but when he's working, he's very, very, you know, involved in what he's doing, it's
not like joke around with him before you do a dramatic scene or something like that, it's
pretty intense and so and the interesting thing is his character doesn't like my character
in the movie and he doesn't like Brad Pitt's character in the movie, so we would do these
scenes and I would look at the call sheet and see that Phil was there that day and I
would go, God, this sucks, because you knew you were gonna get yelled at all day and he's
such a good actor that it feels like he's really mad at you all the time, so I'd have
to be like, you're not mad at me or anything, right? And he's like, no I'm just acting,
you know? So sometimes you felt like as if he was really upset with you, because he's
such a good actor.
>>Interviewer: Excellent. So just to go back a little bit to Superbad, which obviously
had a lot of people kind of really, you broke through with that. When you were working on
it, was it obvious at the time that this was you know something special?
>>Jonah Hill: I think that it was the most fun movie I've ever made, I'd say. That and
Forgetting Sarah Marshall 'cause I worked like two days and I was in Hawaii for like
>>Jonah Hill: But Superbad was the most, it was like my college experience, because I
wasn't, I had dropped out of school, Michael Cera was doing that instead of going to college,
and Seth and Evan didn't go, or Evan went to a little college, but there was just, from
the crew to the cast everyone it was all people we hung out with in real life. It was, it
was the youngest energy I've ever felt on a set because everyone was, you know, like
18 to 25 years old, including the crew and everyone, you know, except for Judd and Greg
Mottola. Greg the director and Judd the producer. And we would, you know, have big parties after
work or on the weekends. We really all loved each other, so it was an incredibly, as fun
as the movie looks to make, it actually, sometimes, they look really fun to make and they're not
as fun as that to make, that one looked really fun to make and was insanely fun to make.
>>Interviewer: And you were kind of playing a character that Seth Rogen wrote more or
less himself as a younger person, could you say
>>Jonah Hill: I think you want to date Seth Rogen, I'm pretty sure.
>>Interviewer: He's a handsome man.
>>Jonah Hill: He's getting married, but I think I can. You seem to be very fascinated
>>Interviewer: I only have four more Seth questions, we'll get through them quickly.
>>Jonah Hill: I think you should interview him, man.
>>Interviewer: If he's watching, Seth, if you're out there, I'm married, but I'll see
what I can do. I was just really gonna ask, I mean could you see a point where you were
kind of writing a script based around your own earlier life, you know would that be an
interesting thing to do?
>>Jonah Hill: I don't know. I don't know if I ever would. I've written one script that's
autobiographical that has not been produced into a film and to me, you know, Superbad
was Seth and Evan's high school experiences and then when Michael and I came on and then
obviously Judd who worked on it and people, everyone who worked on it contributed their
experiences in what they felt, you know. And for me, that, you know, 21 Jump Street is
a movie that I was one of the writers on and that to me is riffing on making Superbad.
That whole movie to me because I'm playing a 25-year-old who goes back to high school
in 21 Jump Street as a cop. But in, when I was making Superbad I was a 20-something-year-old
pretending, going back to high school again, so I got to use a lot of the experiences that
I did to pretend to be a high school student while making Superbad in 21 Jump Street as
a 25-year-old pretending to be a high school student again. Like for example, in Superbad
I moved back in with my parents into my childhood room while we made the movie because I wanted
to feel like I felt like I was in high school. And when in 21 Jump Street when our characters
go back to high school, we move in with my parents again, and so all the funny things,
like your being in your 20s and having your mom go, what are you doing tonight? You go,
mom, shut up, like, you know, like you're past that but you have to go back to that.
>>Jonah Hill: And so 21 Jump Street has a lot of stuff like that from, from that's riffing
on when I was making Superbad.
>>Interviewer: Yeah. Now speaking as a parent, I always say to people that you have to be
very careful when you bring a kid's movie into the house, 'cause you're gonna end up
watching it a lot.
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah.
>>Interviewer: And from that perspective, I kind of have to say like How to Train Your
Dragon was, to beat the baseball metaphor to death, a home run, in every respect. What
was it like to be a part of something like that?
>>Jonah Hill: Well, thanks. I mean, that, I will be totally honest with you guys. I
did not know if that was gonna be a good movie or not.
>>Jonah Hill: When you do those animated movies, you're in a booth, they don't show you anything
really and you're just kind of like screaming and stuff and saying stuff and then you, I
saw it and I was like this is a beautiful movie, it really is like a beautiful movie
and I was totally surprised. I had no idea it would be as good as it was and those directors,
they're really beautiful people and smart, articulate and aesthetically gifted people
and when I watched that movie I was very surprised at how good and moving it was.
>>Interviewer: Yeah, I mean it has plot and action and it's very watchable.
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah. And dragons are cool.
>>Interviewer: And dragons. And there's a sequel?
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah. Another one that I'm just rollin' the dice on, I just hope it, again.
I mean it's the same guy so, so I think it'll be great, you know. But, but, yeah, I, I mean
you're just literally in a booth, there's like no one else around and they give you
some lines and it's like, watch out for that dragon. And you're like this could be terrible,
I have no idea, I have no idea what this is gonna be like, you know? And then it turned
out to be something I'm really proud of, you know?
>>Interviewer: And you have been in other animation stuff. You were, I guess. in Horton
Sees a Hears a Who!?
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah.
>>Interviewer: You were in Megamind.
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah.
>>Interviewer: And you have your own animated series coming up on Fox?
>>Jonah Hill: Yes.
>>Interviewer: World domination? Is this the plan?
>>Jonah Hill: I, I don't know, I don't know, just YouTube domination. I just want. Do you
guys have a bed here? I wanna live in this tube forever with you guys.
>>Interviewer: We have some comfortable couches.
>>Jonah Hill: OK Cool. You had great hummus.
>>Jonah Hill: I had some hummus. Have you guys tried the hummus here at YouTube? It's
fantastic. Great hummus. Yeah, I created an animated show called Allen Gregory, with my
two friends Jarrad Paul and Andy Mogel and it's about the world's most pretentious 7-year-old
named Allen Gregory. And he has two dads and one of the dads is an heiress. And he loses
the money and so Allen Gregory has to go to public school for the first time with normal
kids and he finds this disgusting. He doesn't wanna be around normal kids. And I do the
voice of Allen Gregory. And let me tell you when I was growing up, the Simpsons were my
total, when my parents asked me what I wanted to do when I was young, they'd say what do
you want to do when you grow up? And I said I wanna live in Springfield. I was like 6
or 7 and with the Simpsons and my parents said well that's, the Simpsons is a show and
there are animators who draw Homer, there are people who, there's a guy who does Homer's
voice and there are people who write what Homer says. And I was like, I wanna be one
of the people who writes what Homer says. So that was a bizarre dream, 'cause most kids
just answer like fireman, but I would be in school and say I wanna write for an animated
prime-time sitcom and that was weird.
>>Jonah Hill: And you know then years later you know Superbad had come out and I had done
some of these comedies that had been successful and Fox had luckily asked me, they said do
you want to do the voice of an animated character on one of our new shows and I said well if
I'm on one of your shows, you probably wouldn't let me create my own show ever because you
already have me on your network, and they were like, yeah, probably, but you don't have
a show. And I was like, OK, hold on a second. So I went Jarrad, one of the co-creators,
lived in my building and I went in there with him and his partner Andy, his writing partner
and we stayed in a room for a few weeks and after a few weeks we emerged with a pilot
for Allen Gregory and now October 30, after the Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror episode,
we premier on Fox right after the Simpsons.
>>Jonah Hill: So that dream has come very full circle to me. I'm very overjoyed and
overwhelmed by that, you know.
>>Interviewer: Nice. Now
>>Jonah Hill: That's cool, yeah, very cool. Thanks.
>>Interviewer: And you also have The Sitter coming up later this year.
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah, The Sitter, if you liked, like, Superbad and stuff like that, you're
gonna like The Sitter. It's a, it's a really hard core R-rated babysitting comedy. [chuckles]
>>Jonah Hill: And you know, you know those movies, the idea behind that is you know those
movies where they're like you don't want this guy watching your kids and it's like some
really cheesy Disney movie? You really don't want this guy watching your kids.
>>Jonah Hill: The plot of that movie revolves around me going to buy drugs for my girlfriend
while babysitting these kids as a favor to my mom and one of the kids steals drugs from
Sam Rockwell and J.B. Smoove, who are drug dealers, and chase us around New York City.
And it's hysterical. And David Gordon Green directed, who directed Pineapple Express and
it's a really crazy fun one night in New York City kind of movie with me and a bunch of
kids. And that comes out December 9. And there's a cell phone, the poster, there's a cell phone
with a phone number like need a sitter and there's a phone number on it and they're like,
we want you to leave a voice mail so when people call this number, you, you'll, they'll
hear your voice. And I go, well who has the phone? And they're like, it's a hotline. And
I'm like, well why don't you just make it a cell phone and give it to me and I'll answer
it. 'Cause you know Mike Jones, the rapper, he did that, and so I was like just make it
a real number and I'll answer it. And so they gave me a phone and I have the phone, so if
you call the number a few hours a day I try and answer it as much as possible. It's actually
really fun so I can talk to fans and stuff. It's been really fun.
>>Interviewer: Do people believe it's you? Do you get a lot of that?
>>Jonah Hill: Sometimes they don't initially and then I'm like no, seriously me. And then
they're like, what are you doing? And I'm like, brushing my teeth. And they're like,
you're boring. I'm like, OK, sorry.
>>Jonah Hill: And then sometimes people don't get that I, that I can't stay on the phone
like all day.
>>Jonah Hill: They're like, oh hang on let me get this friend, hold on, he'll be here
in like 10 minutes, just hang on the phone. I'm like, well I gotta, OK.
>>Interviewer: I was gonna say from the trailer of The Sitter it really, it really feels like
a character who is kind of a dick at the start but presumably you have to root for by the
end of the movie and I was gonna say David Gordon Green has worked on Eastbound and Down,
>>Jonah Hill: Eastbound and Down's one of the best shows ever.
>>Interviewer: I was kind of, was he a good collaborator to just push you into that?
>>Jonah Hill: Dave is one of the greatest people I've ever met in my entire life. He's
so inspirational. He's so funny and weird and interesting and you know him and Jody
Hill and Danny McBride have this collective, they went to school together at North Carolina
School for the Arts or South Carolina School for the Arts, I can't remember which one.
North Carolina School for the Arts and they, they are just so unique and twisted and weird
and messed up and Eastbound and Down is such a beautiful for me, just I've never, I have
nothing to do with it, I'm just a fan of it. I think it's like some of the strongest work
being done right now.
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah.
>>Interviewer: And just back to Moneyball before we get to those internet questions.
You're obviously in the bay area this weekend, you're not throwing out the opening pitch
this weekend or anything are you?
>>Jonah Hill: I am.
>>Interviewer: You are?
>>Jonah Hill: In Oakland, yeah.
>>Interviewer: Awesome, nice.
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah, I'm very excited.
[applause and cheering]
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah, it's gonna be really cool. Thanks for letting me do that. Are you guys
>>someone in audience: hooo
>>Jonah Hill: OK Got, got weird for a second.
>>Jonah Hill: Yikes. OK That's my time.
>>Interviewer: I mean how do you spend like opening weekend for a movie like this? How
are you gonna?
>>Jonah Hill: Well that's a, well I'm throwing out the A's game this Sunday and then the
premier's Monday and then it doesn't come out until the following Friday, so September
23, is when Moneyball opens, but I'm excited to throw the first pitch out. That's gonna
be really exciting. And how do I spend the opening weekend?
>>Jonah Hill: Freaking out until I know how if I'll be able to work again, financially
based on how the movie did. Hollywood has this really bananas system that is so different
than what you guys at home would know about and what I knew about when I was in high school
knowing movies and I think it's so bizarre, like the first weekend financial numbers that
the movie makes is so important to these people, you know. It's like you almost immediately
forget about if you liked the movie or not. So everyone gets real freaked out and worried
and I just kind of pace around until someone calls me and tells me I get to do another
movie again or not. But I'm so proud of this movie, it's like I know it will, I know it
will live on that I don't need to stress, you know, and especially because Brad Pitt's
such a big movie star that hopefully that helps in some way.
>>Interviewer: Nice. I'm sure you'll do fine. So because we're at YouTube one of our standard
questions is really, you know, if and when you ever sing in front of a computer looking
at YouTube, what are you looking at?
>>Jonah Hill: Well you know YouTube, not to blow smoke or whatever, but it's such a big
part of a writer's room. So obviously on movie sets, every movie set I've been on as an actor,
you know during 'Cyrus', John C. Reilly, like one of the main ways we bonded was trading
YouTube videos and you know in the writers' room for Allen Gregory, the animated show,
you know it's a bunch of people writing comedy for a TV show and you know trying to think
of things that are funny sometimes you need to be inspired and you need to take breaks,
constant, constant breaks and procrastination and a lot of it is just needing, needing a
laugh and needing something to entertain us in, in, in our writer's internet, our writer's
assistant, he controls the internet in the room and it's, the home page is YouTube because
it's like, we'll say, hey, alright, we're not writing anything good, we haven't, we
been stuck on this scene for the past hour. Pull up blah, blah, blah video and let's laugh
for a second. So you know, it's a constant part of my day, a constant part of the creative
process, for at least my creative process, because you need breaks in the day that are
short, 'cause you don't have all the time in the world and you need short breaks in
the day that are punchy and can make you entertained. And that's really for me the service that
you guys provide that is really beneficial to my creative process.
>>Interviewer: Cool. So we have some questions that people asked through the @Google Talks
channel. One of them is from a guy called Burgers Taste Good.
>>Jonah Hill: Well, that's a great name. Yes.
>>Interviewer: He's not wrong there. He likes the the game dude channel on YouTube and he
thinks you're great and wants to know
>>Jonah Hill: Thanks.
>>Interviewer: would you ever do a video with the game dude? I'm not sure if the game dude
is also Burgers Taste Good. He may be asking on behalf of himself.
>>Jonah Hill: Oh, really? I don't know what the game dude is, but burgers do taste good
and I wish him the best in his hamburger consumption and life.
>>Interviewer: Excellent. So Brugger Chick from Seoul in Korea asked what are your favorite
movies, both of your own and just in general?
>>Jonah Hill: Oh, OK. My favorite movies, I mean I'm, I'm a big cinephile. Some of my
favorite movies of all time. My favorite movie is Goodfellas, that's my favorite movie. Rushmore,
Election, Big Lebowski, Groundhog Day, Midnight Cowboy, Tootsie, The Graduate, I mean, all
Paul Thomas Anderson's movies, Adaptation. I mean I could go on for a long time and I
won't bore you guys, but I guess some of my favorite movies of my own is a very egomaniacal
question to answer and self-centered question to answer, but I guess the ones I'm most proud
of, you know I'm really proud of all of them, but I guess if I was like going to a space,
country, or like a different planet or something and I had to say like here's like what I did,
I would probably give them Superbad and Cyrus and Moneyball.
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah. And my one scene in 40-Year-Old Virgin 'cause I really liked that e-bay store
guy. I always wondered what happened to that guy.
>>Interviewer: Excellent. I was gonna ask you, though, there is a Superbad question
>>Jonah Hill: He's wearing those boots, somewhere.
>>Interviewer: Where do you think the characters from Superbad are now?
>>Jonah Hill: I, well we always talked about that like if we-, if there was ever gonna
be another one, and I think the, well, Seth and Evan wrote that and I guess it's Seth,
so maybe that guy is Seth now. But we always talked about it like my character would be
living a depressing life in that same town and Michael's character [chuckles] would be
like working here, successful and happy and my guy would still be like at home living
with his parents. So that's why we didn't make another one, because we felt it would
be more depressing. [laughing]
>>Interviewer: So Ryan Sescomb from Boomer in Texas asks, Jonah, you lost some weight
recently. What was the hardest thing to give up and any advice for anybody else?
>>Jonah Hill: Well, the hardest thing to give up would be burgers, 'cause they taste good.
And any advice? I don't know. It's just like anything you're gonna do, like you know when
I wanted to become an actor and start making movies, it was the same kind of determination,
the same kind of thing where you're like, you make a decision and you're like I know
this is gonna be difficult, I know it's not gonna be the easiest thing in the world, but
I'm determined to do it and I really care, I'm really caring about this decision. So
you just make it a priority and, and you know when anyone's starting out in any business
or any sort of life endeavor or any sort of relationship, you're, you're, you're starting
out with the intention to go all the way and to me it was just a decision and I just made
a commitment to sticking to it.
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah.
>>Jonah Hill: Except for all the hummus I just ate backstage which was
>>Interviewer: Delicious and healthy.
>>Jonah Hill: Hummus, yeah, it was great. Eat a lot of hummus at YouTube, that's my
advice, if you're ever, move to YouTube and eat their hummus, that's how you'll stay healthy.
>>Jonah Hill: Right?
>>Jonah Hill: Great.
>>Interviewer: Elaine Baseball from New York said
>>Jonah Hill: No, seriously, can all of them move here and eat your hummus all day?
>>Interviewer: We just opened the second floor, so yeah, there's more space than there was.
>>Jonah Hill: OK, great, wonderful.
>>Interviewer: So Elaine Baseball from New York says, Jonah.
>>Jonah Hill: Seriously, though how much hummus do you have?
[laughter] >>Jonah Hill: Do you have enough for everyone
on the internet or no?
>>Interviewer: Almost infinity, infinity hummus.
>>Jonah Hill: Is it true that there's a whole 'nother YouTube filled with hummus?
>>Interviewer: There is, it comes in a giant tube every morning and they park it outside.
>>Jonah Hill: And it's yours?
>>Interviewer: They pipe it in. There was a swimming pool downstairs, but now it's just
filled with delicious, delicious hummus.
>>Jonah Hill: Hummus. OK Do you put chlorine in the hummus so you can swim in it still?
>>Jonah Hill: So when people urinate in the hummus it's not hazardous?
>>Interviewer: That's why it tasted the way it did. I had no idea.
>>Interviewer: So Elaine Baseball from New York wants to know, Jonah, I want
>>Jonah Hill: Do you like hummus? Yes, I do like hummus.
>>Interviewer: Do you have a favorite flavor of hummus? Just generic?
>>Jonah Hill: Just YouTube flavor.
>>Interviewer: With all those little dogs on skateboards through it.
>>Jonah Hill: Is it true they grind up all the videos that have stopped gotting getting
hits and they make the hummus out of it?
>>Interviewer: That's exactly how it's made.
>>Jonah Hill: It's made from forgotten YouTube videos?
>>Interviewer: Yeah. They're, they're not forgotten, they're just recycled.
>>Interviewer: Matter can be created and destroyed.
>>Jonah Hill: Hummus is cool you guys. I love hummus.
>>Interviewer: Excellent. From hummus to hip hop.
>>Jonah Hill: OK Yeah. What's the question?
>>Interviewer: The question from Elaine Baseball in New York, apparently at one time you were
talking about being a hip hop producer, was there some, I don't know if that's true. You
know what happened with that? And maybe is that a safe question for myself. You have
Method Man in this set or so maybe there was some
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah. Well when I was in high school I had an MPC and I would make hip hop
beats for fun, but, and I thought that might have been some sort of job opportunity, but
then I realized I, that seemed a lot harder as a 16-year-old white dude without any like
hip hop experience at all. And I just, you know honestly, I, I grew up as worshiping
hip hop. I love it. I love all kinds of music, I'm an audiophile too, and I just love all
different kinds of music, but I'm a huge hip hop fan and that was something that I was
really interested in, but then movies kind of pushed that out of the way at a certain
>>Interviewer: And did you have any interactions with Method Man on the pieces?
>>Jonah Hill: Oh, yeah, yeah, tons, he's great.
>>Jonah Hill: He told such cool stories. I mean, for like I mean if my 16-year-old self
or 10-year-old self knew what I was doing now and who I would be making movies with
and having experiences with, it would just be too overwhelming or mind blowing for little
Jonah to understand, you know? I would sit in my room and listen to Wu Tang records every
night when I got home from school and, and watch movies and you know to be around these
people it's really inspiring and I just try and learn as much as I can from them. You
know he had so many cool stories about when they were starting out and what that was like
and for me that's like heaven to hear about all that stuff.
>>Interviewer: And kind of connected to that, Eso, I can't even pronounce it, E-S-O-E-Z-T-V
said like you developed a stand-up act when you were working on Funny People, which I
guess is a similar kind of an on-stage microphone kind of thing. Is that something you're gonna
go back to, or was that
>>Jonah Hill: Never, never,
>>Interviewer: Never, no?
>>Jonah Hill: never, never, no. I'm an actor [laughing] and stand-up is a whole different
art form and I think it's arrogant, it would be arrogant of me to assume like I can just
go do stand-up, you know, because I've been in some funny movies, or whatever, you know.
Like guys like Chris Rock and Louis C.K., they're, they're brilliant at what they do
and it's just a different art form, you know. And I'm was an actor playing a stand-up in
Funny People and I had to develop a stand-up act and it was to this day probably the hardest
thing I'd ever had to do to prepare for a movie because I went out for six months and
you know it takes people, honestly it takes years to get great at being a stand-up comedian
and for me I love bouncing off of people, whether it's in a dramatic scene or a comedic
scene, and in stand-up you're alone on stage with a microphone saying, please laugh at
me. And it's terrifying, you know? [chuckles] It's really terrifying. So I, it was such
a courage, it gave me a lot of courage as a performer, like practicing for that, but
I, I'll leave that to the guys and women that are, that are brilliant at it.
>>Interviewer: Cool. We have a couple more internet questions but we also have a couple
of mics here on either side, so if anybody has a question maybe you could start making
your way to the mic. I Love Mostly Anything Two says have you ever been stung by a bee?
>>Jonah Hill: What was the first part of the question?
>>Interviewer: I, no the person who asked the question is I Love Mostly Anything Two,
'cause mostly anything one was taken obviously.
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah.
>>Interviewer: Have you ever been stung by a bee?
>>Jonah Hill: I have been stung by a bee.
>>Jonah Hill: Yep.
>>Interviewer: Excellent. Mongo Man One from Michigan wants to know if
>>Jonah Hill: I know him.
>>Interviewer: You do?
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah.
>>Interviewer: He apparently couldn't ask you this in person and decided to ask you
this via the internet.
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah.
>>Interviewer: Have you ever considered being a song and dance man? Could you see yourself
in a musical opposite Hugh Jackman?
>>Jonah Hill: I don't know about opposite Hugh Jackman, but I'd love to be in a musical.
I love to, you know John C. Reilly in Chicago or something like that or maybe like Little
Shop of Horrors, you know something, something like that. They've actually talked to me about
some musical stuff and I would never like be one of those actors who releases an album
or anything stupid like that, but I would, I would love to be in like a musical movie
or maybe a play sometime, it would be really fun.
>>Interviewer: Excellent. Your final internet question, also from Mongo Man One, he left
several, do you have an opinion on the designated batter rule?
>>Jonah Hill: I'm OK with it.
>>Interviewer: You're OK with it?
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah.
>>Jonah Hill: I don't lose sleep over it.
>>Interviewer: You don't lose sleep, fair enough. Do you want to start taking some questions?
>>Jonah Hill: Sure.
>>female #1: Hi. Thanks for coming. I, we saw Moneyball the other night and thought
it was great.
>>Jonah Hill: Thanks.
>>female #1: I too am a fan of the hummus, so I'm gonna bring it back, actually had it
for snack time today.
>>Jonah Hill: I love hummus-based questions.
>>female #1: So, since there's plain and spicy, I'm wondering which one you had.
>>Jonah Hill: I had plain.
>>female audience member #1: OK
>>Jonah Hill: You know my feelings on it, but I imagine that there's also a place in
my heart for spicy hummus.
>>female #1: And did you have the carrots or chips or what was your dipper?
>>Jonah Hill: Well, what I did was, now I'm gonna throw a real curve ball at you right
now. I didn't dip anything into the hummus.
>>female audience member #1: OK
>>Jonah Hill: And, I didn't eat the hummus plain. What I did was, was there was a salad
there that had like garbanzo beans and tomatoes and onions and I put the hummus on top of
it and smushed it all around and ate that and it was so cool.
>>female #1: Alright, thank you.
>>Jonah Hill: Isn't that why you guys are watching this, right now?
>>Jonah Hill: So that's my recommendation is mix your hummus with stuff, mix it up,
get crazy out there, internet, you know. Don't, don't just dip stuff in your hummus, make
your hummus what you want it to be. Swim in it.
>>Interviewer: Nice. Do you want to kind of go back and forth, take both sides?
>>Jonah Hill: Oh, sure, yeah.
>>male #1: How's it going?
>>Jonah Hill: Hey.
>>male #1: I'd like to start off by saying you should mix the spicy and regular hummus.
>>Jonah Hill: OK
>>male #1: That's the way to go.
>>Jonah Hill: Mild. Make your own mild hummus.
>>male #1: Exactly.
>>Jonah Hill: Right.
>>male #1: So I heard a rumor that there was a lot of prank pulling on the set of Moneyball?
>>Jonah Hill: Yes.
>>male #1: And I heard a lot of that was on Brad Pitt's side. I was wondering if you got
him back at all?
>>Jonah Hill: They, OK, so there were a lot of pranks on the Moneyball set. Ninety-four
percent of them were Brad directed at me.
>>Jonah Hill: He got me really good. I had this golf cart that I was really excited about
because I felt that it was a symbol that I had finally become successful that they gave
me my own golf cart. So just him and I had our own golf carts to drive around the set
and stuff, so we would race and smash into each other and it was really fun. And he knew
how much I cared about this golf cart, and so we would go do like a really serious scene
and then I'd walk out and like the golf cart would have no wheels on it, it would be on
>>Jonah Hill: And he would just walk outside and smile and he was in the scene with me,
which means he has little prank elves that like
>>Jonah Hill: do this stuff while you're working. And then I'd walk out another time and it'd
be completely upside down. And then I'd walk out another time and there'd be male genitalia,
fake male genitalia hanging from the back of it. And then one time I was driving my
actual car home and my friend was driving behind me and called me and said, hey, I'm
driving behind you, there's pink male genitalia hanging from the back of your car.
>>Jonah Hill: And then I got an e-mail from him, saying, how was the drive home? And then
eventually he became obsessed with me being obsessed with the band Wham, which he just,
made it, made it clear that he thought I liked the band Wham.
>>Jonah Hill: And so I'd walk into my character's office and there'd be a framed Wham poster
in there instead of a framed Oakland poster and then my golf cart got wrapped in all pink,
you know like car wraps? And then there was the time when there was a Photoshop picture
of me and him as the two members of Wham on the front and it said, Jonah Hill #1 Wham
Fan and then on the side it said Wham Mobile. And then the final prank was every time I
turned on the engine, he had it rigged so it blasted Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.
>>Jonah Hill: At full volume on a loop anytime I had an engine on. So if I had a meeting
with an executive at Sony or something, I would have to drive over there in this, this
>>male #1: But you never got him back?
>>Jonah Hill: I did but I'm gonna be on Letterman on Tuesday and I'm waiting to show my pranks
back on him there, no offense.
>>male #1: I respect that.
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah.
>>Interviewer: Moving on, question over here.
>>Jonah Hill: Yes.
>>male #2: Hey, so big fan. One of the things that I love about your movies is that you
seem to have this like really great relationship with a lot of the other comedians, you know,
and I'm just wondering is that just great acting or you know is there something [inaudible]
>>Jonah Hill: Yes, I hated all, all of them. They're all terrible people.
>>male audience member #2: So how is it working with like you know it seems like a tight-knit
group of [inaudible]
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah, you know like Paul Rudd and Michael Cera and Seth Rogen and Jason
Segel and Danny McBride and all these guys, and Franko, and all, all these people you
know a lot of us came up together, you know, started together and it was a lot of us became
successful at the same time and with each other. So what I liked about that a lot and
we're all still friends, but it's been interesting because now we've all, we're all doing our
own movies kind of thing, so it's not as much as like a gang, and not because we don't still
love each other and wanna make movies together all the time, which we do, but everyone's
kind of following their dream that they had independently before. And now it's kind of
hard since we all became actually employable, before we were unemployable, so it's like,
hey you guys wanna all be in a movie together? We're like, hell yeah. But now we're all employable,
so we'll take a movie and then someone else will take a movie and the schedules, the schedules
are really hard to align and have all the planets align all at once. But they're, all
those guys, are the greatest group of guys ever. I mean they're all so funny. And if
we're ever somewhere and one of us sees the other one, it does feel like we gravitate
towards one another, and hang out with each other at that party or whatever it would be.
And I don't know, I really look at that time as my college experience, you know, because
my early 20s were spent with this really fun group of guys making each other laugh. Yeah.
>>Interviewer: Any more takers?
>>female #2: [inaudible]
>>Jonah Hill: I'm not gonna twist your arm, you know.
>>female #2: Alright, fine, OK.
>>Jonah Hill: Yes the hummus was great.
>>female #2: I'm also a huge Wham fan.
>>Jonah Hill: OK, yeah.
>>female #2: What's your favorite song? That's not my question, but I'm just curious.
>>Jonah Hill: Oh, I'm not actually a Wham fan.
>>female #2: Oh, that's the whole point then. Oh I am, a card-carrying
>>Jonah Hill: That was the joke was that he decided I was a Wham fan. I have nothing,
I don't even understand, I think Wham is probably awesome. I only know that one song. I know
like the big T-shirt with the sayings on it.
>>female #2: You know there's a song where they rap, it's really good.
>>Jonah Hill: Oh, really?
>>female #2: Yeah, you should check it out.
>>Jonah Hill: Alright, well I gotta get on that.
>>female #2: Well I was, I saw the movie Get Him to the Greek which I'm a big fan of because
>>Jonah Hill: Oh, thanks.
>>female #2: because I used to be an assistant to a minor English musical celebrity.
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah.
>>female #2: And so it reminded me a lot of myself, your character. Do you have any tips
for, I'm an assistant here, but it's not the same, it's not as bad. Do you have tips for
>>Jonah Hill: They don't make you shove heroin up your bum?
>>female #2: No comment.
>>female #2: I plead the fifth. Would you have any tips for anything you learned on
set when you were filming that for someone who has to take care of a celebrity?
>>Jonah Hill: Are you calling your boss a crazy person?
>>female #2: No, not my boss here, but you know maybe in the past.
>>Jonah Hill: Sure.
>>female #2: Any tips for dealing with a minor celebrity?
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah, I don't know, somewhere else man.
>>female #2: Yeah. Just winky face, winky face.
>>Jonah Hill: It was at WhoWhube, another company you worked at right before this? I
don't know. I guess you'd have to ask these guys who work with me.
>>female #2: How was it working with Seth? I mean Seth, oh Jonah, sorry, oh I guess I
just got in my head earlier.
>>Jonah Hill: Yeah. No, it's OK. I don't know, I think working with me's probably pretty
easy. I think Russell Brand's character was probably a really big exaggeration of, of
what that was like. I've never worked for a rock star, so I don't, I don't really know,
but I imagine that's a really arduous task.
>>female #2: Alright. Thank you.
>>Jonah Hill: Thank you.
>>Interviewer: OK, Jonah.
>>Jonah Hill: Oh, wait, this girl was about to stand up.
>>Interviewer: Sorry, my apologies.
>>female #3: Do you have a girlfriend and if so does she like hummus as much as you?
>>Jonah Hill: I am dating hummus currently. It's a giant gelatinous hummus person that
I've carved out of hummus and we're engaged, so. No, you know, I try not to talk about
like my family or friends or stuff like that because, because you know I signed up to be
doing this and it's crazy if you are pulled into something that you didn't sign up for,
you know what I mean? But I am dating someone, yes, and she's made of hummus
>>Jonah Hill: and she's great.
>>Interviewer: She's delicious, I'm sure.
>>Jonah Hill: She's frozen hummus. I mean what's not to love? It's hummus but it's freezing
cold. Why did this become the centerpiece of this interview? Why do I regret doing this?
>>Interviewer: I think there's more back there.
>>Jonah Hill: OK, cool, I'm looking forward to it.
>>Interviewer: As we've established there's infinite hummus. So to wrap up, Jonah, do
you have any final thoughts about Moneyball that you want to share?
>>Jonah Hill: I just think it's a really wonderful moving movie and it's, it's a rare treat for
me to get to be a part of a movie like this and I'm just really, really proud of it and
thank you guys for watching or coming to this and if you want to see a good movie September