Hollywood revealed: Jonah Hill, Martin Scorsese and that real punch from 'The Wolf of Wall Street'
Jonah Hill recalled how Martin Scorsese's approach to realism in 'The Wolf of Wall Street' influenced his directorial choices in 'Mid90s'. A nostalgic dive into their cinematic camaraderie.
Jonah Hill (Source: Esquire)
It's hard to forget the iconic film scenes that have left an indelible mark on our cinematic memories. Some scenes are memorable because of the striking dialogue, while others remain etched in our minds due to the sheer rawness and authenticity. It was at the eleventh annual Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit that the behind-the-scenes tales of such iconic scenes came to the fore.
Realism in reel: Martin Scorsese's signature
The star-studded event celebrated the unparalleled legacy of Martin Scorsese, with Hollywood luminaries from Robert DeNiro to Leonardo DiCaprio singing his praises. Amidst the glitter and glamour, Chloë Sevigny's commendation of DiCaprio's performance in "The Wolf of Wall Street" especially stood out. She hailed, “DiCaprio’s performance, when he gets out of the Lamborghini on quaaludes is some of the greatest physical comedy I’ve seen in a long time.” But the evening had another revelation waiting in the wings, courtesy of Jonah Hill.
Jonah Hill's unexpected punch of inspiration
Amidst tales of Scorsese's exemplary directorial brilliance, Jonah Hill shared a hilarious yet enlightening anecdote. While filming 'The Wolf of Wall Street', Hill recalled a scene in which his face would meet the fist of the formidable Jon Bernthal. Hill humorously recounted, "Jon is a great actor, he’s also a huge buff maniac...I was talking shit to him in the makeup trailer every day and I was like, Oh it’s acting, nothing bad will ever happen.” Little did he know that Scorsese would want authenticity to the extent of a real punch! Hill jestingly blamed his co-star and friend, DiCaprio, for the real-life impact he had to endure, musing, “Thank you very much, Leo, for making me a better actor?”
This intense commitment to realism left such an impression on Hill that it paved the way for a raw, unfiltered scene in his directorial debut, 'Mid90s'. As Hill admitted, “When I met with Marty before shooting Mid90s, the opening scene of that film is two people fighting...and he just goes, ‘You have ’em do it for real!’ So they did it for real, and it’s the opening of my first film.”
The genius of Scorsese, albeit with his tongue-in-cheek cautionary note - “Jonah, by the way, that advice to do real punching in movies, that’s not very good!", echoed through the night and continues to inspire filmmakers and actors alike.
As we rewind to those iconic cinematic moments, we're reminded of the thin line between reel and real, and the lengths artists will go to blur those boundaries.
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