September 28th, 2010
03:33 PM ET
Jonah Hill has gone from starring in comedies to dramas and then back again, not only showing his desire to grow as an actor, but also his ability to nail a variety of parts.
“Get Him to the Greek,” a summer blockbuster which premiered on June 4, is out on DVD and Blu-ray today, but in between the film's debut in theaters and the DVD hitting the shelves, Hill was still dabbling in multiple other projects.
“Cyrus” came out a few weeks ago, and Hill recently finished work on “Moneyball.” His next venture will be “The Sitter,” which started production this week, and then “21 Jump Street,” a movie he helped write. Needless to say, the 26-year-old is busy.
When it comes to role selection, Hill keeps an open mind. “Whatever I find interesting at that point in my life is what I’m going to try to do,” he told CNN. “I’d just like to continue, if they’ll let me, in having some variety in the choices that I make.”
After the success of "Superbad," Hill focused on making sure no one viewed him as a one trick pony by pursuing the movies he was actually interested in making.
“Having two years in a row where I get to do completely different movies is a really special goal for me,” Hill said. “It makes you excited to go do the other genre by the time you’re finishing with the first one. I’m lucky.”
Hill may be lucky, but it’s his talent that’s landing him roles. Though known for his comedy exploits, Hill’s work in “Cyrus” helped him get his more recent role in the drama “Moneyball.”
“The fact that ['Moneyball' director] Bennett [Miller] saw ‘Cyrus’ and he thought I could do this kind of movie was, to me, one of the most memorable moments,” the actor said.
And while there's a long list of people Hill would like to work with, at the top for female costars are Anne Hathaway, Natalie Morales and Isla Fisher.
“I really like Isla Fisher; I think she’s hysterical and really talented,” Hill said. “Anne Hathaway is the best out there right now.”
As for his completed projects, Hill added that he has yet to receive the “Get Him to the Greek,” DVD… but he probably wouldn’t watch it anyway.
“I’ve never watched a movie that I’ve made once it’s been on DVD unless it’s on cable,” Hill said. “I watched ‘Knocked Up’ and ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ when they were on because I didn’t have a big part in those movies, so I can watch without thinking about myself or being self-judging.”
The only parts of a DVD he’ll watch are the extra features – those he hasn’t already seen multiple times. “I like to watch the gag reel because it’s fun memories of making the movie,” Hill said. “It’s honestly nostalgic."
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