Jonah Hill Got His 'I Heart Huckabees' Role Thanks to Dustin Hoffman: Watch the Classic 2007 Interview
For Class of 2007 Week, Fuse is celebrating all the greatest things culture gave us exactly one decade ago. Back in '07, Jonah Hill became a huge star thanks to his major (and hilarious) roles in not one, but five movies that year: Rocket Science, Superbad, Knocked Up, Evan Almighty and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
But before that, the actor got his big Hollywood break with his first role in 2004's I Heart Huckabees. Speaking to classic Fuse show The Sauce, Hill explained that he landed that project thanks to...Dustin Hoffman? He became friends with Hoffman's kids Jake and Becky while going to college in New York, and began to make prank call CDs for them.
"One day I got a phone call and it was Dustin. He was like, 'Come meet me in this house,'" Hill explains. "I walk in and it's [I Heart Huckabees director] David O. Russell, Lily Tomlin and Jason Schwartzman, and they're all listening to the prank call CDs I made." And the rest, as you can probably guess, is history!