Jonah Hill Interview – War Dogs – “I thought it was un-cool to be an actor”
Great minds think alike. Both Jonah Hill and Hangover director Todd Phillips raced to purchase the rights to War Dogs, a true life story based on a 2011 Rolling Stone article about two 20-something Miami dudes who utilized a government loophole to deal arms to US troops in Iraq.
Even though Hill, 32, was beaten in the race, he didn’t leave empty-handed, Phillips casting him as Efraim Diveroli, one half of this real Dumb and Dumber duo opposite Miles Teller who plays his partner-in-crime David Packouz.
Q: When was the first time you realized “I am an actor”?
Jonah: I always denied it for a long time. I thought it was un-cool to be an actor when I was younger. I grew up in Los Angeles where lots of people, everyone and their mother wants to be an actor. Everyone you met was a struggling actor or just seemed so cliché. I always wanted to be a writer, a filmmaker. I love movies. I thought being a director or writer was more for me but I think I was secretly denying that I like to perform and I like to entertain people and you know.
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