Cyrus is the newest film that features Jonah Hill, and in no way is it affiliated with Judd Apatow. Unfortunately, this is pretty much the only thing surprising or interesting about the whole movie.
In Cyrus, Jonah Hill plays the title character, a 21-year-old man-child who shares an unconventionally close relationship with his mother (Marissa Tomei) and wants nothing more than to make her new boyfriend's (John C. Reilly) life a living hell. We usually associate Hill with comedic roles, playing lovable schlubs in movies like Get Him to the Greek and Superbad, but Cyrus called for the star to act aggressive, unhappy and downright pathological. Even though it was a big leap from his former roles, Hill stepped up and nailed the dramatic character, and now we're excited for the possibility of seeing more of his range. During a press junket, we sat down with the funnyman and discussed the film, his acting method, and his upcoming projects. Below are the highlights.
Jonah Hill, who made a splash in Superbad, is in negotiations to make a 21 Jump Street movie. I watched that show, but I couldn't really give you a lot of plot details. All I recall was starring at the hotness that was Johnny Depp and thinking that even I wouldn't have believed he was in high school (I had that problem with Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed, but that's a whole 'nother story). Or at the very least he didn't look like anyone at my high school. No offense to the Deering High Class of '92, but there wasn't a Johnny Depp among them.
Celebrity battles with addiction and vice are nothing new. You can't turn on the TV or browse the net without turning up a story about what kind of trouble young actresses are getting themselves into. Some stars are addicted to plastic surgery, or drugs, or have a little touch of the kleptomania. Others are habitual horndogs. Shows like Celebrity Rehab wouldn't exist if addiction didn't run rampant in Hollywood. Well, there's another addiction on the list of dangers celebs face, and it's The Hills.
Meta is the new black. How else do you explain the runaway success of 30 Rock, which stars Tina Fey and Tracy Morgan as the writer and star of a variety show? Or Jean-Claude Van Damme playing a down-and-out version of himself in JCVD? Or Paul Giamatti playing a jaded actor named Paul Giamatti in the movie Cold Souls? You can't, can you? Well, director Judd Apatow has harnessed the power of meta for his own ends in Funny People, and thanks to an amazing supporting cast and liberal use of the word "cock," he seems to have opened some sort of bizarre rift in space and time and made Adam Sandler funny again.