Jonah Hill, War Dogs - Nominee, Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy

by Ana Maria Bahiana December 16, 2016
Actor Jonah Hill

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The road to War Dogs began for Jonah Hill some years ago, when he read the Rolling Stone article “Arms and Dudes” and, he told us, immediately saw himself in the role of Efraim Diveroli, the head of a flu-by-night gun running operation out of Miami that becomes a supplier of the US military (at least for a while…) “When you're an actor and  you read a story that's interesting that could be a movie you're like wow, okay, I should pay attention to this. I tried to option the article but  (writer-director) Todd (Phillips) had already beat me to the punch…” By the time Phillips had developed the script and offered Hill the part, The Wolf of Wall Street had just come out, and his first reaction was to say “no.” “I had felt like they're both stories about American greed and corruption of the American dream. (Efraim) is a wild, kind of vice-driven character, so I just told Todd they can't be too similar.  That was sort of detracting me from signing on. And he did work (on that).” And different it is, with Hill sharpening the characters’ hardest edges. This is Jonah Hill’s second nomination. (Jonah Hill también en español.)