Jonah Hill is officially taking a step back from promoting his own movies for the foreseeable future - including the upcoming documentary he secretly shot, Stutz. The actor penned an open letter to his fans explaining that in order to continue working on his mental health, he decided the best course of action would be to stop the hustle and bustle of Hollywood promotional tours. Stutz will premiere at the upcoming fall festivals, but Hill has decided to let the film do all the talking. So let's dive right in, shall we?
From his hilarious leading roles in Superbad and 21 Jumpstreet to the award-winning films such as Don't Look Up, The Wolf of Wall Street, and his upcoming comedy we all know and love Jonah Hill. The brilliant actor turned director recently finished Stutz, a film following Hill and his therapist as they host open and honest discussions about mental health and the anxiety that has turned his dream job into a nightmare. According to Hill, he made the film in order to provide "the tools I've learned in therapy to a wide audience for private use through an entertaining film."
The 38-year-old shared a personal statement explaining, "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." Hill continued to explain that although he is "grateful that the film will make its world premiere at a prestigious film festival," we will not be seeing him out there promoting this film or any further films of his. Hill shared, he is taking this step in order to protect himself, and by attending these events he "wouldn't be acting true to myself [himself] or to the film."
Hill concluded the letter by acknowledging that he would typically "cringe" at a letter such as his, but he hopes that the film and his statement will make a positive impact. "With this letter and with 'Stutz,' I'm hoping to make it more normal for people to talk and act on this stuff," he said. "So they can take steps towards feeling better and so that the people in their lives might understand their issues more clearly."