The star is on the charm offensive after his homophobic slur
Jonah Hill landed himself in a bit of trouble recently when he told a paparazzi to “suck his d*ck” and called him a “f**ggot”. Having been a staunch supporter of LGBT rights for his whole life, the scandal did seem like a surprise, and Hill has offered up numerous heartfelt apologies on both The Howard Stern Show and The Tonight Show.
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in '22 Jump Street'
“This person had been following me around all day, had been saying hurtful things about my family, really hurtful things about me personally,” Hill explained. “And I played into exactly what he wanted and lost my cool. And in that moment, I said a disgusting word that does not at all reflect how I feel about any group of people… I’m not at all defending my choice of words, but I’m happy to be the poster boy for thinking about what you say and how those words — even if you don’t intend them — and how they’re rooted in hate and that’s bullshit and I shouldn’t have said that.”
Speaking to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Hill was keen to calm the excitable audience so he could portray the gravity of his apology. He also implored any young people that may have been watching to use him as an example of what not to do if they were ever antagonised to the point of retaliation. "If someone says something that hurt you or angers you, use me as an example of what not to do. Don't respond with hatred or anger, because you are just adding more ugliness to the world."
Hill is currently on the press run for his and Channing Tatum’s sequel to 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street. Of course, his comments came at an awful time for the film, but it’s unlikely Sony will see a diminished return when it hits cinemas. What’s more, the critics have been raving about the goofy buddy cop movie. Check out the '22 Jump Street' trailer here.