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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Oscar Nominee Jonah Hill Opens Up About 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! January 26, 2014 at 6:15PM

In the exclusive video interview below, Oscar nominee Jonah Hill discusses the balance of drama and comedy in "The Wolf of Wall Street," working with Scorsese and DiCaprio, ad-libbing, quaaludes and more at New York's 92Y.
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Jonah Hill at 92Y
Jonah Hill at 92Y
Jonah Hill in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Jonah Hill in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

Jonah Hill wanted to do "The Wolf of Wall Street" because Martin Scorsese is his favorite director of all time. ("Goodfellas" is his favorite.) He got to audition and waited two months before he got the word. He believed that no one else could play the part better than he could.

So he told critic Annette Insdorf before a recent screening of the film, now nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture, at New York's 92Y. Hill is among the Best Supporting Actor nominees for his performance as Donnie Azoff, Jordan Belfort's (Leonardo DiCaprio) sad sack, drug-addled partner-in-crime.

In the exclusive video interview below, Hill discusses the balance of drama and comedy in "Wolf," working with Scorsese and DiCaprio, what he owes Dustin Hoffman, ad-libbing, quaaludes and more.

This article is related to: The Wolf of Wall Street , Jonah Hill, Academy Awards, Oscars, Awards, Awards Season Roundup, Martin Scorsese


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.