Jonah Hill did Wolf of Wall Street for 'minimum wage'

Well, an actor's minimum wage anyway.

Jonah Hill wanted the role in Martin Scorsese's 'The Wolf of Wall Street' so much, he took a huge pay cut, doing the movie for the minimum Screen Actor's Guild wage.

Hill was paid $60,000 (£36,000) for the part of broker Donnie Azoff in the film, a considerable amount less than he is usually paid for a role, and a vast sum less than Leonardo DiCaprio would have scored for his lead role as corrupt Wall Street man Jordan Belfort.

Talking to Howard Stern, Hill said: “They gave me the lowest amount of money possible, that was their offer.

“I said, 'I will sign the paper tonight. Fax me the papers tonight. I want to sign them tonight before they change their mind'. I said I want to sign them before I go to sleep tonight so they legally can't change their mind.

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“It's not about money for me. None of this s*** is about money. I want to make money to pay my rent, and hopefully have a family one day and have kids and stuff.

“It was the minimum. I think SAG minimum is something like $60,000 - before commissions and taxes.

“I would sell my house and give him all my money to work for [Scorsese]... I would have done anything in the world. I would do it again in a second.

“I got to f***ing be in a Martin Scorsese movie and I just got nominated for an Oscar. I'm tripping out, Howard... I'm in shock. I'm totally in shock!”

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Hill has been nominated for the Best Supporting Actor gong, but it's a sturdy category.

He'll be up against Barkhad Abdi in 'Captain Phillips', Bradley Cooper in 'American Hustle', Michael Fassbender in '12 Years A Slave' and Jared Leto in 'Dallas Buyers Club'.