June 19th, 2010
02:00 PM ET
Have you ever noticed the serious scar Jonah Hill has on his right arm? Doesn’t matter – you don't have to know what it looks like to find the story of its occurrence pretty heartbreaking.
When the "Get Him to the Greek" star was in middle school, his mother was fighting a battle against cancer that Hill was convinced she was going to lose. As a result, he started rebelling by smoking pot and skateboarding more than he studied.
“I was, like, not a good kid,” Hill told Rolling Stone in an interview featured in the mag's current issue.
His behavior continued into high school, and when he was 15, he and a friend took an SUV for a ride in the middle of the night, with his friend turning tricks at the wheel while Hill had his arm hanging out of the window.
The truck flipped over and skidded along the road, taking Hill’s arm with it.
When he woke up the next morning in the hospital, Hill said the doctors were talking about amputating his arm as his parents stood by, weeping.
“I said to myself, 'I'll never let them down ever again,'" Hill told the magazine. "I said, 'I'm going to be [expletive] successful. I'm going to resurrect what I put these people through by being a little [expletive].' So I look at this scar every day. That reminds me to work hard."
Hill’s mom, by the way, has fully recovered, and thus can see the fruits of Hill’s promise; his latest feature, "Cyrus," opened in theaters this weekend.
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