Jonah Hill on 'The Sitter': kids add another level of spontaneity
Jonah Hill has worked opposite some of the funniest people in Hollywood, but after filming "The Sitter," it appears that the actor has a soft spot for working with kids.
"Max [Records] and Kevin [Hernandez] and Landry [Bender] were awesome, they were so cool and fun to work with," Hill said of his young co-stars, in an interview provided by Twentieth Century Fox Films. "I like improvising a lot and kids are very unexpected in their choices and their comments, so David [Gordon Green] just kind of let them run loose and I would just kind of have to react. It adds a whole 'nother level of spontaneity because their brains are so ADD and crazy that they just go to really strange and cool places. It's really fun to act with them."
In the film, which hit theaters on December 9 and was No. 2 in Friday's box office after "New Year's Eve," Hill stars as Noah Griffith, who is coaxed into babysitting the neighbor's kids, fully unprepared for the disastrous night ahead of him.
"Noah Griffith is a guy who is really irresponsible, kind of unfocused, he just got kicked out of college, his girlfriend treats him awfully -- he's kind of in a rut and he wants to do something nice for his mom, who hasn't had a date in a long time. So he agrees to babysit these kids so that she can go out on this date... All hell breaks loose and throughout the movie, this guy kind of realizes that his girlfriend sucks and he kind of gets his act together a bit."
Though the babysitting comedy is not a new concept for a film (see "Adventures in Babysitting," "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead," "Uncle Buck" or "Mr. Nanny"), Hill claims that "The Sitter" is on a different level.
"I think that we made the punk rock, cool, crazy weird version of this movie and I think that it's me with a bunch of kids and it's as crazy as you would want that to be and expect that to be," Hill said. "There are all these movies that people have made that are like, 'Oh, you don't want this guy watching your kids' and it's like some cheesy dumb movie. The point of us making this movie was like, 'You really, really don't want this guy watching your kids. They might die or worse.'"
Apparently the saying, 'Never work with children or animals' didn't apply to the 27-year-old actor's experience, as Hill seems more-than-willing to work with them again.
"I would work with kids again in a second if it was going to be anything like working with Max and Kevin and Landry," Hill said of his young co-stars. "They knew all their lines and were really professional. They were really into, like, they would come up with little fun things for their characters even though no one asked them to. Max Records had the cutest little book of ideas and he would write all these ideas down and give them to us. It was really sweet."
Hill, who recently made headlines due to his drastic 40-pound weight loss, rose to fame with his role in the 2007 comedy movie "Superbad."
Hill will appear next opposite Channing Tatum in the film adaptation of "21 Jump Street," which is based on a 1980s series that helped launch Johnny Depp's acting career. Depp has a small part in the movie, which is set to be released on March 16, 2012.
"The Sitter" opened in theaters on December 9. Watch the trailer below.