Jonah Hill Says He Was Paid $60K for 'The Wolf of Wall Street' (Audio)

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Jonah Hill on his transition from playing comedies to dramas: "I mean, I love all different kinds of films. I've gotten to express myself a lot comedically, and I like doing that. But opportunities like this are the greatest thing in the entire world, and it's just about playing the character truthfully. There are ridiculous situations in this film that would be the same in a broad comedy."

The actor was so intent on working with Scorsese that he was willing to do so for the SAG minimum, he explained on Tuesday's "Howard Stern Show."

Jonah Hill has already made it clear that he went to bat for his role in The Wolf of Wall Street.

But now the best supporting actor Oscar nominee says not only did he desperately want to play Donnie Azoff, he was willing to do so for the SAG minimum.

Appearing on The Howard Stern Show, Hill said he was only paid about $60,000 for his role in the Martin Scorsese-directed film.

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The actor said he was hired for the minimum amount of money they could give him, but added that he would have done anything to work with Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio.

"They gave me the lowest amount of money possible. That was their offer," Hill said, "I said I will sign the papers tonight, fax me the papers tonight. I want to sign them tonight before they change their mind."

Hill said the SAG minimum is about $60,000 before taxes.

And he noted that The Wolf of Wall Street isn't a movie you make for the money, saying that with the money he's making from 22 Jump Street and other projects, he's fine.

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"You do 22 Jump Street or you do other things, and you can pay your rent," he said.

Indeed, Hill added that he would have paid Scorsese to work with him.

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

DiCaprio previously told The Hollywood Reporter that Hill lobbied him for the part.

" 'I read this script, and there's nobody else who should play Donnie Azoff except for me,' " DiCaprio told THR's Stephen Galloway of Hill's pitch. "I was like, 'OK.' And you started talking about how incredible you thought this screenplay was and how you knew guys like this, where money was paramount. You knew who this guy was. And I had to relay that to Marty."

Listen to Hill's full interview with Stern below.