Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara in Talks to Join Joaquin Phoenix in Gus Van Sant Film

Variety – Rooney Mara and Jonah Hill are in talks to co-star with Joaquin Phoenix in the Gus Van Sant-directed drama “Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” the long-in-development biopic on quadriplegic cartoonist John Callahan.

Iconoclast and Anonymous Content are producing the film, which is based on Callahan’s autobiography of the same name. Callahan became paralyzed following a car accident at age 21, and turned to drawing as a form of therapy. The artist’s work raised eyebrows for its depiction of taboo topics, leading to numerous boycotts in his hometown of Portland.

His art was published in the New Yorker, Penthouse, and Playboy before his death in 2010.

Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar, and Nicolas Lhermitte will produce the movie for Iconoclast, while Steve Golin produces for Anonymous Content.

Hollywood has been trying to adapt the book since its publication in 1989, with the late Robin Williams circling the role of Callahan for years.

The film would mark another dramatic turn for Hill, who was just nominated for Golden Globe for his comedy “War Dogs.” Hill will next star in the upcoming pic “The Ballad of Richard Jewell” with Leonardo DiCaprio which Hill will produce and he is also set to star in Cary Joji Fukunaga’s TV series “Maniac” with Emma Stone. He is also developing his directorial debut, “Mid ’90s” with A24. He will not star in the pic.

Mara is no stranger to awards-friendly features, as she currently stars opposite Dev Patel in “Lion,” which has received love from both the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards. She recently wrapped production on The Weinstein Company pic “Mary Magdalene,” which is sure to fare well during next year’s awards season, and is set to star in the pop star drama “Vox Lux.”

Hill is represented by WME and LBI Entertainment, and Mara is repped by WME and Management 360.

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Golden Globes Nominations 2017

The complete list of nominations for the 2017 Golden Globes has been announced and Jonah is nominated in the category “Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picturen Musical or Comedy”. Don’t forget that this upcoming event is scheduled to take place on January 8, 2017 at the Beverly Hills Hilton.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool
Colin Farrell, The Lobster
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Jonah Hill, War Dogs

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Jonah Hill Prepares for His Roles by Prank Calling Best Buy in Character

Vulture – On Saturday night of the New Yorker Festival, David Remnick sat down with a sweaty Jonah Hill, who made a point of assuring the audience that he was ill, not recovering from a drug binge. Across the 90-minute conversation, Hill charted his rise in Hollywood, and explained the secret methodology behind much of his character work: making prank calls to Best Buy.

In college, Hill was in the habit of making and recording prank calls, sometimes for an audience. He recounted the time he impersonated Tobey Maguire’s assistant during awards season, making a request for a hotel to house the star in along with several dog-sized aquatic animals. He continues to make slightly more mundane prank phone calls today in the effort to develop roles.

“What’s interesting is that I still do it now all the time,” Hill said. “I do it to get into character. I’m now recognizable in some ways, so I can’t really try out a character in real life, [and] the closest version of trying out a character in real life is playing a version of it over the phone.”

“Customer service is the best because they talk to you with real patience,” he continued. “I’ll just ask about different products, and complain about different products in the way that I think the character would complain about those products.”

“I usually buy something at the end,” he noted, before changing topics. “I feel bad.”

From there, the interview moved to Hill’s career arc. He’s long since transitioned from his breakout in Superbad to distinguished dramatic roles, but people still think he’s that goofy nerd (and also offer him pot all the time, even though he doesn’t smoke anymore).

“It wasn’t, like, this big drastic thing for me, it was more drastic for other people,” Hill said of the switch. “People have a hard time with change especially in their consumption of things, right? So, if I’m a product, I’m this one thing, and then I started to try other things, I think [that’s why] people had a challenge or issue with it.”

Of course, the most prominent of his dramatic films is Wolf of Wall Street. It was Hill’s childhood dream to meet Martin Scorsese, and yet working with the director still managed to exceed his expectations.

“A lot of times when [directors] are incredibly technical, their movies lose a lot of humanity,” Hill said of Scorsese. “He’s the most technically gifted, and his movies have a complete sense of freedom at the same time. It’s like a controlled chaos.”

For his role as Donnie Azoff, Hill wore a set of prosthetic teeth, which changed the way he spoke and added a noticeable lisp.

“I had to learn how to re-talk with them, and then it helped it just sound like this very specific way of speaking, which I really liked, and which we ended up using,” Hill explained. “I don’t have many props, but I still have those teeth.”

“You can use them to call Best Buy,” Remnick joked.

“I did!” Hill exclaimed, excited and totally serious. “That’s how I got used to talking with them on.”

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