Jonah Hill: Healthier actors get taken more seriously

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Based on Michael Lewis' 2003 book of the same name, "Moneyball" centers on Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) and his arrival as general manager of the Oakland A's. Through analysis and a new, non-traditional sabermetric approach to scouting players, Beane attempts to create a competitive baseball team at a fraction of the cost of the large market teams. Also starring Jonah Hill, Robin Wright, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
May 15th, 2012

Jonah Hill thinks actors taken ''seriously'' if they are in good shape.

The 28-year-old actor has been working out to get fitter for his forthcoming movie roles because he believes it is a ''sign of maturity'' if people are healthy, and he isn't happy that he most praise he has ever received came when he was ''big'' in 2011 sports drama 'Moneyball'.

He said: ''I think there are a lot of talented dramatic actors who are all different shapes and sizes. I think as I mature in many different ways - physically, emotionally, literally grow older - I think different roles are afforded to me and I think as my resume matures... I was big in 'Moneyball' and that's the most praise I got for a performance. I don't think like that.

''I think it is about the work you are doing. Getting in better shape is a sign of maturity. I think you are taken seriously.

''I think Bennett Miller said that about me, 'That I could tell he wanted to shed his skin and get out of whatever box he is in.' I didn't think about that at the time but when he said that I was like... Oh! A very insightful guy.''

Jonah recently starred as babysitter Noah Griffith in 'The Sitter', and he enjoys working with children because he believes they do not get ''jaded'' unlike his generation of acting talent.

She added: ''They're great. I have got nephews. The spontaneity and the energy. My favourite thing is that kids are not jaded. They are not over it. Everyone in my generation is over everything. Everything, 'I'm over this'. That's what my generation is like, 'Whatever. I'm over it.' Kids aren't like that. Things are exciting to them. That's infectious to be around.''

'The Sitter: Totally Irresponsible Edition' is out on DVD and Blu-ray now.