Due to his mental health, Jonah Hill will not promote his newest films: Press conferences exacerbate panic attacks
Jonah Hill has published an open letter in which he declares that, in order to continue focusing on his mental health, he will no longer promote his own films for the foreseeable future. Two of Hill’s next projects are the Netflix comedy film “You People,” which he co-wrote with director Kenya Barris, and a new documentary he made called “Sputz.” Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Molly Gordon, Mike Epps, Nia Long, and David Duchovny are among the actors that appear alongside Hill in the Netflix movie.
Regarding the documentary “Sputzdebut “‘s at upcoming fall film festivals, Hill wrote, “Through this journey of self-discovery within the film, I have come to the understanding that I have spent nearly 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks, which are exacerbated by media appearances and public facing events.” In the film, Hill and his therapist explore his mental health problems in detail.
While I take this crucial precaution to protect myself, you won’t see me out there promoting this movie or any of my upcoming movies, Hill added. “I wouldn’t be behaving true to myself or to the movie if I went out and made myself sicker by marketing it.”
Hill continued, “I typically wince at letters or statements like these, but I realize that I am among the fortunate few who can afford to take time off. If I work on my anxiety, I won’t lose my job. I want to normalize people talking and acting on this stuff, and I’m trying to do that with this letter and with “Stutz.” so they can take actions to feel better and so those in their lives can better comprehend their problems.
In 2022, Hill has stayed largely out of the public eye. The star-studded Netflix satire “Don’t Look Up,” which is his most recent film, debuted in theaters and on Netflix last December. The second installment of HBO’s drama series “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty” was directed by Hill.
See Jonah Hill’s whole open letter, which Deadline first published, below.
My second movie, “Stutz,” a documentary about myself and my therapist that looks at mental health in general, is now complete. The entire goal of developing this movie was to provide therapy and the tools I acquired during therapy to a large audience for personal use through a fun movie.
I have learned via this path of self-discovery in the movie that I have suffered from anxiety episodes for about 20 years, which are made worse by public events and media appearances.
I am extremely appreciative that the movie will have its international premiere this fall at a prominent film festival, and I can’t wait to show it to audiences everywhere in the hope that it will support individuals who are struggling. But while I take this necessary precaution to safeguard myself, you won’t see me out there promoting this movie or any of my upcoming movies. I wouldn’t be being authentic to myself or the movie if I promoted it in a way that made me feel worse.
Normally, letters or remarks like this make me shudder, but I realize that I am among the fortunate few who can afford to take time off. If I work on my anxiety, I won’t lose my job. I’m aiming to normalize people talking and acting on this stuff with this letter and with “Stutz.” so they may take action to feel better and so those in their lives can better comprehend their problems.
I hope that my work will speak for itself, and I want to thank everyone who is reading this for their support and understanding, as well as my colleagues and business partners.