It's been a long time since "Superbad" -- and Jonah Hill has something to prove.
The star of raunchy comedies including "21 Jump Street," "The Sitter" and "The Watch" (and an Oscar nominee for 2011's "Moneyball") is flying high on his Oscar nomination and his role in the upcoming film "The Wolf of Wall Street," directed by Martin Scorsese. He's not shy about expressing that, well, things are different post-Oscar-nomination. In a series of quotes cut from an upcoming profile in Bullett magazine and provided exclusively to Salon, Hill opens up about his newly heightened profile -- in a way that makes it clear that he thinks of himself not merely as a funny actor but as an insider and, ahem, artist.
On the subject of his work with Scorsese, Hill said:
You can dis me all you want on a blog, or write whatever you want in this magazine and I’ll just be like, ‘Whatever, man. Scorsese thinks I’m awesome.’ [Laughs.] He hired me and didn’t fire me, so I can kind of not care now. It really did give me personal assurance that I’m doing the right thing and that I’m talented in certain ways because he’s so important to me.
But he's not just friends with Marty! He's also kept close ties with co-stars like Brad Pitt ("Moneyball") and Leonardo DiCaprio ("The Wolf of Wall Street"):
When Brad [Pitt] and Angie [Jolie] came to my birthday party last year, I think that was pretty shocking to a lot of people because that was at a small bar, but my birthday party this year was at my house and, um, some of the guys from The Wolf of Wall Street came over. My friends weren’t like, ‘Oh my gosh! A famous person’s here.’ More than that, it was the actors there who were like, ‘Man, it’s so awesome how close you are with all these people who don’t give a fuck that you’re in movies or that anyone else is in movies.’ Because no one cared that Leo [DiCaprio] was there.