Jonah Hill has talked about his character in The Wolf Of Wall Street, saying couldn’t find anything to like about him.
The actor, star of Superbad and 21 Jump Street, plays drug addict trader Donnie Azoff in the Scorsese-directed film. Azoff is the friend of real-life corrupt trader Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Speaking to the Press Association, Hill said: “They say you’re not supposed to judge the character at all and I tried my hardest, but I couldn’t really find that much I really liked about Donnie. I just didn’t like the way that Donnie treated people, that was the thing I had the hardest time with.”
The scene in which Hill’s character throws a lit cigarette at a child and forces him to eat his pet goldfish caused particular problems for the actor. “It’s really degrading. On the way home I would just be like “oh gosh, what did I do today?” I would feel bad.”
The actor also revealed how he had to convince director Scorsese to cast him in the role and attended his first audition in six years. He said: “I had got the opportunity to meet with Leo first and give him an impassioned argument as to why I had to play the part and then he was supportive, luckily. Then I went to New York and I said, ‘well, can I show Scorsese what I want to do instead of just begging him to do the part?’ Then I got to read with him…and I was lucky enough to get the part.”
The Wolf Of Wall Street, released in the UK on January 17, has come in for criticism for its depictions of greed and immoral behaviour. DiCaprio has defended the film’s content, however, saying it should serve as a cautionary tale.