For many a year, Robert De Niro was the actor most closely associated with dramatic fluctuations in weight in preparation for roles, mostly because of his dramatic transformation in Martin Scorsese’s 1980 classic Raging Bull in which he played the controversial boxer, Jake LaMotta.
But in recent years Hollywood has gotten a new weight-ballooning champion in the face of two-time Oscar nominee Jonah Hill. But this is far from being the only reason for Hill’s renown; the 33-year-old has starred in numerous popular and influential movies in which he has proven himself not only as a comedian but as an actor of considerable range. He portrayed the corrupt and drug addicted broker Donnie Azoff in another Martin Scorsese movie, The Wolf of Wall Street, and had noticeable roles in Django Unchained, 21 Jump Street, Moneyball, and Hail Caesar!
Even Family Guy made one of their famous cutaway gags about Hill’s changes in appearance, in which Peter describes working as the actor’s personal stylist as one of the most difficult jobs he’s ever had, as any tailor-made suit made to measure turns out to be unusable minutes after it’s picked up from the store.
But such jokes might be rendered obsolete in the very near future, as the Los Angeles-born has over recent months been raising, even more, eyebrows than usual, as with every new red carpet appearance he has been looking leaner and leaner until he was all but unrecognizable.
In a recent interview with Jimmy Fallon, Hill candidly revealed that Channing Tatum is partly to blame for this physical transformation. “I gained weight for this movie War Dogs, and then I wanted to get in better shape, so I called Channing Tatum, and said, ‘Hey, if I ate less and go to a trainer, will I get in better shape? And he said, ‘Yes, you dumb motherf*cker, of course, you will, it’s the simplest thing in the entire world,'” the comedian recounted.
In another interview with Vulture, he revealed that pursuing a healthy lifestyle has also been helped by the different type of deeper, more mature roles casting directors have been offering him. “Being healthier came along with maturity, and it’s hard because a lot of times people want you to be the guy you were when they met you,” he stated.
He added: “I love doing funny movies, but I want to mature, literally, in how I treat myself. I’m not living in a frat house with a bong plastered to the table. But all this stuff [points to his body] is just part of maturing in body and in mind. I just want to be a good man and to make my family proud. And, you know, I want to live a long time.”