We were all shocked when we saw how much weight Jonah Hill dropped for 21 Jump Street last year. It seemed like the comedic actor who was known for his plump figure had taken the right step to start living a healthy, active lifestyle.
The 28-year-old seems to have gained it all back now. However, it may be possible that he has done so purposefully for upcoming movie roles, which raises the question: What does weight have to do with it? I get dropping or gaining a few pounds to fit a character description, but at the same time, how does weight affect how funny or good of an actor someone is?
According to Yahoo Movie Talk, Hill's initial weight loss took place after filming "Moneyball" with Brad Pitt -- for which he was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar. He is thought to have dropped weight for "21 Jump Street," co-starring Channing Tatum, to be in shape for the action sequences in the updated, comedic film version of the late '80s television show -- which starred Johnny Depp.
Hill also told NY Mag last September that losing weight is a sign of "maturity": "...when I was 21 or 22 years old, with "Superbad"... I was a kid — I was drinking beer, smoking weed all the time. ... being healthier came along with maturity. And it's hard, because a lot of times people want you to be the guy you were when they met you. And I love doing funny movies, but I want to mature, literally, in how I treat myself. ... I just want to be a good man and to make my family proud. And, you know, I want to live a long time."
Interesting... I don't think "living a long time" is a realistic goal when you're extremely overweight. Hopefully he can get back on track and stay healthy.
Anyway, Hill is starring in the comedy "Neighborhood Watch" with Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, in theaters July 27 (he's still pretty skinny in this one).