From the outside, the life of a movie star looks glamorous. You attend the greatest parties. You are feted at red-carpet galas in the world's top cities. Most people want to be nice to you. So what happened to poor Jonah Hill, who was promoting his latest film War Dogs in France when a comedian posing as a journalist sideswiped him with a brutally awkward sexual-fantasy joke that immediately went viral? Watch the clip below, and prepare to cringe.
Get it? Jonah Hill has gorgeous friends, but no right-minded woman would actually want to sleep with him. Isn't that hilarious? Not if you are Jonah Hill. The woman setting up the long and awkward joke is comedian Ornella Fleury, though it doesn't appear, according to Metro UK, that Hill understands that she isn't part of the news team. After Fleury jokes that she has a sexual fantasy that Hill brings his hot friends Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt to a hotel room and then leaves, Hill fires back:
It was all in good fun, though, right? Not exactly. Metro goes on to report that the following day, Jonah Hill went ahead and cancelled all of the media appearances he was scheduled to make at the Deauville Film Festival, where Todd Phillips' War Dogs was being screened.
In War Dogs, Jonah Hill and Miles Teller plays characters based on actual people who figured out how to make a small fortune on the arms-dealer market by low-balling global governments and handling the weapons trades themselves. Our own Eric Eisenberg fell hard for the movie, saying the movie is "a much different film than what we've seen from Todd Phillips in the past -- but it's also the best movie he's made so far, and a great late summer surprise."
Which brings us back to Jonah Hill, stuck in a live television scenario in a foreign country where he's being mocked for no good reason. Part of the game? Or over the line? There are plenty of late-night hosts -- from Graham Norton to Jimmy Fallon -- who can play around with willing participants and get them involved in fun, viral-worthy games that do not damage the reputation and credibility of the star. In this instance, I do feel bad for Jonah Hill. This was meant to be an interview, not a roast, and while Hill has a good sense of humor, I think he was put in a terrible situation here. Do you agree? Weigh in below. War Dogs is still in theaters as we speak.
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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Sean created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.