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Jonah Hill Discusses Super Bad and Evan Almighty

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Jonah Hill Discusses Super Bad and Evan Almighty

Columbus Short, Justin Long, Adam Herschman, and Jonah Hill in Accepted.

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Preparing for a Starring Role in Super Bad: Is the process any different when he’s the star of a movie and not a supporting player? “I do a lot to [prepare]," said Hill. "I mean, it is like a boot camp, especially with Judd [Apatow], in a great way, of like roundtables all the time of the script and coming up with new jokes and new ideas. I do a lot of writing with him. And also, I've never been like the main, main guy in a movie before so I'm very much looking forward to that. But also, it's extraordinarily tiring. I think that's the [difficult] thing, is like just getting a lot of sleep. I get home, I want to watch Conan or write or read. It's more like you have to force yourself to go to bed at 8 o'clock when you get home, or 10 o'clock, which, for me, is impossible because I'll screw around and read comics and stuff all night. But yeah, I'm looking forward to it, and it'll be an interesting experience.”

Working on Evan Almighty: “Steve Carell has three assistants which are myself, Wanda Sykes and John Michael Higgins so it’s a funny group. Tom just called me up one day and was like - Tom Shadyac - and he’s like, ‘We don’t have a real part written, but what would you want to do? I really want you to be in the movie. Kind of think of what would be a funny character to play.’ I always like to play the parts of someone who’s desperate but always gets shut down, so I like the idea that I really want to hang out with Steve Carell socially. I want to be his friend and he wants nothing to do with me, basically. The whole movie I’m literally trying to befriend him and he has no interest whatsoever.

It’s so funny. Like the scene where you meet me, I have all these facts. I’m a congressional aide and I wrote this thing, which I thought was really funny. I love just really awkward moments that make you feel cringe so bad. John Michael Higgins is like, ‘This is Eugene, he’s your other assistant,’ and I’m spouting all these facts about the Congress. Then Steve says a line like, ‘Man, this kid’s weird but I like him. He’s weird but I like him.’ And everyone starts laughing at the office and during the laughter I’m like, ‘Ha ha ha, I love you.’ It just gets silent and uncomfortable and I’m like, ‘I mean, we should hang out socially if you have a moment.’ He’s like, ‘I don't know...’ Then the whole movie, I just think he’s the coolest guy ever and he thinks I’m such a dork, which I am so that wasn’t too far of a stretch.”

Hill says he’ll be in quite a few scenes in Evan Almighty. “I’m in it quite a bit. It’s going to be an awesome movie, man. It’s not the biggest part. Steve’s incredible in the movie and I’m just kind of comic relief and help him pushing the story forward. But it’s going to be an experience, that movie. We were in Virginia and the ark was like…I mean, it was a real ark. They built an ark. I say it all the time to my friends and they don’t get it. I’m like, ‘No man, it’s the size of this building and they built it for a movie. You don’t get it. I wish I had a camera, I’d show you guys the pictures because it’s insane.’ It’s an experience and it’s going to be really cool.”

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