Watch Jonah Hill Tell a Wild Story About How Dustin Hoffman Got Him His Big Break

Watch Jonah Hill Tell a Wild Story About How Dustin Hoffman Got Him His Big Break

Feb 13, 2014

It's pretty rare that we get to watch a single actor or actress interviewed for more than five or 10 minutes while they're out promoting a movie, which is why we always enjoy David Poland's 30-minute interview series. Sitting down with someone for an extensive amount of time allows for a more relaxed conversation -- one that isn't rushed due to time constraints during which only the same questions are asked over and over again. Poland's most recent 30-minute chat with Jonah Hill is a fun one to watch, as the actor opens up about how his friendship with Dustin Hoffman's son Jake eventually lead to Hoffman recruiting Hill for David O. Russell's I Heart Huckabees.

At the time, Hill was making boxes for some guy, and he was forced to quit his job on the spot when Hoffman called him and said to meet him at a random house somewhere in Los Angeles. We'll let you watch the rest of the story, which opens up the video interview below.

A fun fact about Hill's relationship with Jake Hoffman is that Hoffman had a small role in The Wolf of Wall Street, playing shoe designer Steve Madden. Madden and Hill's character Donnie were high school friends in real life, just like Hill and Hoffman. 

The interview is full of interesting stories from Hill regarding his evolving career, and how exactly he found himself transitioning from a straight comedic actor to more dramatic one, including the actual scene where it all truly clicked for him. If you have 30 minutes to spare today, give it a watch.





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