Due to anxiety attacks, actor and filmmaker Jonah Hill is withdrawing from promoting his films, including his first documentary. The new documentary “Stutz” by the actor, 38, will focus on mental health and the effect of his career on his anxiety. He is known for his roles in “21 Jump Street” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
“I have finished directing my second film, a documentary about me and my therapist which explores mental health in general called ‘Stutz.’ The whole purpose of making this film is to give therapy and the tools I’ve learned in therapy to a wide audience for private use through an entertaining film,” he said in a statement provided to Deadline on Wednesday.
“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 added.
Given this, the actor has stated that he would not be advertising the documentary in order to “guard” himself, despite the fact that he “can’t wait to share it with audiences around the world in the hope that it will help those struggling.”
The film, which the actor-director thinks “will speak for itself,” is so personal to him that he stated, “If I made myself sicker by going out there and promoting it, I wouldn’t be acting true to myself or to the film.”
This also applies to his other planned works. Hill’s most recent film appearance was in 2021’s “Don’t Look Up,” which earned four Oscar nods. The comedy “You People,” in which he will star, is in its last stages of production and will likely air this year.
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“I understand that I am of the privileged few who can afford to take time off. I won’t lose my job while working on my anxiety,” he said.
“With this letter and with ‘Stutz,’ I’m hoping to make it more normal for people to talk and act on this stuff. So they can take steps towards feeling better and so that the people in their lives might understand their issues more clearly,” Hill added.
The actor revealed his struggles with body image on Instagram last year, writing, “I kindly ask that you not comment on my body.”
Hill is hardly the first famous person to open up about dealing with mental illness. On Sunday, Tom Holland said that he was taking a break from social media due to its “detrimental effect” on his mental health. Holland is best known for his role as Peter Parker in the “Spider-Man” films.
Ryan Reynolds, an actor, has been open about the effects of anxiety on his life and career for the past year. As he put it, his early fear was “an engine for creativity but it’s also got its own cloud and shroud of darkness.”
In addition, singer Camila Cabello revealed in April that she suffered from “crippling” anxiety while recording her album “Familia.” She claims to be happier now, thanks to her willingness to be vulnerable and her subsequent healing efforts. Stay tuned with us only on Lee Daily