I don’t think that any of us relayed this at SXSW, but there were a few items of note involving Jonah Hill before and after the screening of his movie, the Duplass Bros. directed Cyrus. First off, before the screening, I happened to be in the bathroom at the same time as Hill, and the poor guy … some dude literally walked up to him at the urinal and asked if he could have a photo with him. People really suck. Hill, as gracious as one could in that situation, said, “Sorry man. Not right now,” and slipped out, where his insanely attractive, petite blonde girlfriend was awaiting him. Because of course she was.
Moreover, after the screening, there was a Q & A, and one of the first questions was something along the lines of, “How quickly did you sign on after you found out that Marisa Tomei would be wrapping her legs around you?” Jonah Hill’s response pretty much made the rest of us Jonah Hill fans for life. He said, “Thanks for making an awkward situation even more awkward. That is the dumbest question I’ve ever heard. God, you’re an asshole.” (!) For the rest of the Q & A, Hill called out everyone who asked a dumb question (and thanked the rare few who asked reasonable ones). It was so much more satisfying that watching a celebrity pussyfoot around dumb questions and attempt to answer them by re-framing them in a reasonable way. Also, Q & A’s, by and large, are embarrassing for everyone involved. People have no idea how to ask an appropriate questions where celebrities are involved.
Of course, Dan Carlson had a better story than all of those, thanks to an interview he did with Hill for The Hollywood Reporter the day after Cyrus. But I’ll let Dan do the honors; hopefully, he’ll post it on his blog soon.
What’s that got to do with the Red Band trailer for Get Him to the Greek? Not much, really. Except that Jonah Hill stars in this spin-off of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which is weird primarily for a reason that Dan has annunciated a couple of times: Russell Brand is playing the same character he played in Sarah Marshall, but inexplicably, Jonah Hill is not. There’s almost no reason to have a red band trailer, either. There’s only a handful of profanities and a dildo in it. Otherwise, it’s fairly tame. Also: Doesn’t look that great. Moderately amusing, at best.