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Jonah Hill admits he took massive pay cut for 'Wolf of Wall Street' role

Posted by Emily Wright  January 22, 2014 04:06 PM

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Movie stars earn millions, right? Typically, yes, but in the case of "Wolf of Wall Street" star Jonah Hill, not quite.

The recently-nominated Oscar hopeful revealed that he earned just $60,000 (the Screen Actors' Guild minimum) for the role so that he could work with the film's director Martin Scorsese. That's a giant leap from his typical seven-figure-per-film salary.

Check out all of the details from the Howard Stern interview on Jan. 21 (above). Note: The interview may not be appropriate for all listeners.

Hill isn't the only star to forgo a million-dollar payday for the sake of art. His "Wolf" co-star, Leonardo DiCaprio, made a similar decision when working on the 2011 Christopher Nolan film, "Inception," according to Variety. DiCaprio reportedly made up for his losses by agreeing to a deal that earned him money from ticket sales for the blockbuster, totaling $50 million.

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