If you haven’t been paying attention recently, you might not have noticed that Jonah Hill lost weight. Like, a lot of weight. Based on his size in the 2016 movie War Dogs versus his size in recent 2017 photos, the actor has dropped well over 100 pounds.
Hill swelled up his already overweight frame last year, supposedly for his role as arms dealer Efraim Diveroli in War Dogs, even though the real Diveroli isn’t especially overweight. Still, Hill’s weight loss since the film’s August 2016 release has been dramatic.
Throughout 2017, lots of paparazzi photos have put Hill’s new figure on display. There are plenty of pics showing him walking around Los Angeles or going to the gym in light workout clothes, drinking smoothies and, by all evidence, living a generally healthy lifestyle.
Fans were especially taken aback when they saw recent photos of Hill on the set of Maniac, his upcoming Netflix series. Not only is the actor quite trim, he’s also sporting a pretty glorious mullet, a football jersey and jorts. In character, he’s barely recognizable.
The internet has collectively taken notice of Hill’s transformation, and is in awe of him for it. Lots of folks are taking inspiration from Hill’s efforts. "My motivation for weight loss is skinny Jonah Hill," said @Blamely_q on Twitter. And @Mmartinez94Mark tweeted, “Jonah hill is weight loss goals.. bruuuh.”
So how did Hill manage to drop so much weight so quickly? According to the man himself, he turned to friend and 21 Jump Street co-star Channing Tatum for help. And the extremely fit Magic Mike actor had some startling advice for his fat friend.
Hill says he asked Tatum, “If I ate less and went to a trainer, will I get in better shape?” Channing’s told Hill, “Yes, you dumb motherf---er, of course you will. It’s the simplest thing in the entire world.”
This isn’t the first time Hill has lost a significant amount of weight. While promoting Moneyball in 2011, Hill showed off a similar weight loss had taken place between that movie’s filming and his subsequent press tour. “I lost 3 pounds,” Hill joked with Jimmy Fallon on Late Night at the time.
In January 2012, Hill revealed he’d gotten more or less the same advice from a nutritionist that Channing Tatum offered. “I wish there was some crazy thing that I did, like a pill or a genie or something,” Hill told ABC News, “But it was, unfortunately, I went to see a nutritionist, and he told me what to eat to change my habits and stuff… I found that Japanese food was very helpful to me."
Hill has also claimed that giving up one of his favorite vices is a key to achieving his weight-loss goals. That vice is beer, delicious beer. Hill said, “It’s so annoying because if I don’t drink beer, I get really, really thin. Then when I drink beer, I get a little bigger.”
Presumably, one of the motivations behind Hill’s startling weight loss six years ago was to be fit enough to make 21 Jump Street, an action comedy that would demand more of him physically than he could’ve handled while significantly overweight.
A year later, in The Wolf of Wall Street, Hill is noticeably puffier in the role of Donnie Azoff than he was in 21 Jump Street. That said, it’s not clear to what extent Hill regained the weight on purpose for the role, or just backslid in his fitness regimen. After all, he was trimmer again for 22 Jump Street the next year.
In fact, Hill’s weight has yo-yoed all over the scale throughout his career. Very early on, in the 2006 film Accepted, for example, he can be seen significantly larger than he is in, say, 2007’s Superbad. So it’s obvious that controlling his weight has been a constant fight for Hill.
Whether or not Jonah Hill gains or loses significant amounts of weight for acting roles or just for his own fitness goals, we hope he stays healthy and happy. We’ll keep going to see his movies no matter what, because he’s a great actor at any size.