Jonah Hill has announced that he will not be promoting his upcoming documentary film – or other future projects – for the foreseeable future in order to avoid the anxiety attacks he often gets during press trips.
The 38-year-old actor wrote an open letter to share and explain his decision to stop promoting new movies indefinitely to focus on his mental health.
Hill — whose new documentary “Sputz” focuses on his mental health issues — said he has suffered from anxiety attacks for nearly two decades, exacerbated by media appearances and public events.
“Through this journey of self-discovery within the film, I have come to the realization that I have experienced anxiety attacks for nearly 20 years, exacerbated by media appearances and public events,” Hill wrote in the open letter first published by Deadline. .
The documentary directed by Hill focuses on his struggles with mental health and features his own therapist.
“The whole purpose of making this film is to bring therapy and the tools I learned in therapy to a wide audience for private use through an entertaining film,” he added in the open letter.
Hill said “Stutz” will have its world premiere at a prestigious film festival in the fall.
“As I take this important step to protect myself, you will not promote me this film or any of my upcoming films,” he wrote. “If I made myself sicker by going out and promoting it, I wouldn’t be true to myself or to the movie.”
“I hope the work will speak for itself,” he added.
The “21 Jump Street” actor added that he is lucky enough to take time off from work to focus on his mental health.
“Normally I cringe at letters or statements like this, but I understand that I belong to the privileged group who can afford to take time off,” Hill wrote. “I will not lose my job while working on my anxiety.
He said the open letter is not only a way to break the news about his decision without press, but also an encouragement for more people to talk about mental health.
“With this letter and with ‘Stutz’ I hope to make it more normal for people to talk and act about these things,” Hill wrote. “So that they can take steps to feel better and so that the people in their lives can better understand their problems.”
He said he hopes “Stuz” will help New Yorkers and others struggling with mental health.