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For Jonah Hill, the most daunting challenge of his role in Martin Scorsese’s financial depravity epic “The Wolf of Wall Street” wasn’t getting the part. “Leonardo DiCaprio basically co-signed for me,” Hill says of his co-star, who persuaded Scorsese to cast Hill after he enthused about the part during a chance meeting in Mexico.

Nor was it the long six-month shoot with an exacting director, during which time Hill, Variety’s Creative Impact in Acting honoree, crafted a skin-crawling portrait of an obsequious, drugged-out stock market malefactor based on convicted fraudster Danny Porush.

No, the hardest part was simply making small talk on set with a director Hill calls “my favorite artist, of any form.”

“The initial rehearsals were about a month before we started shooting, and it was just Scorsese, Leo and myself. They were making their fifth film together, and had such a close, connected process, »


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