Jonah Hill Says He Earned $60K for Role in The Wolf of Wall Street

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Jan. 22 2014 8:56 PM

Jonah Hill Says He Earned $60K for Role in The Wolf of Wall Street

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Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill at the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards.

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Jonah Hill’s performance in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor. What he didn’t earn, however, was much money for the high-profile role. How small was Hill’s payday for the film? $60,000. That’s what Hill told Howard Stern on Tuesday during an interview. "They gave me the lowest amount of money possible, that was their offer. And I said, 'I will sign the paper tonight. Fax me the papers tonight. I want to sign them tonight before they change their mind,’" Hill told Stern, the Los Angeles Times reports. The $60,000 figure, he said, was the minimum allowed by the Screen Actors Guild.

Here’s more on the interview from the Los Angeles Times:

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Hill said the shoot lasted nearly seven months and added, "I would sell my house and give [Scorsese] all my money to work for him. This isn't what you make money for. You do '22 Jump Street' or you do other things and you can pay your rent" (referring to his forthcoming sequel to the hit 2012 comedy "21 Jump Street"). "I would have done anything in the world. I would do it again in a second."

Before you feel too sorry for Hill however, Variety suspects he may have a revenue-sharing deal on the film’s ticket sales to bolster his personal bottom line.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.