Jonah Hill Won’t Promote Films Due to Mental Health, Anxiety Attacks

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Jonah Hill has released an open letter announcing that he will no longer promote his own films in the near future in order to continue working on his mental health. Hill’s upcoming projects include a new documentary he directed titled “Sputz” and Netflix’s comedy film “You People,” which Hill co-wrote with director Kenya Barris. Hill stars in the Netflix film opposite Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Molly Gordon, Mike Epps, Nia Long and David Duchovny.

“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,” wrote Hill of the debut of the documentary “Sputz” on upcoming fall film festivals. In the film, Hill and his therapist openly discuss his mental health issues.

“You won’t see me there promoting this movie, or any of my upcoming movies, as I take this important step to protect myself,” Hill continued. “If I made myself sicker by going out and promoting it, I wouldn’t be true to myself or to the movie.”

Hill added: “I usually cringe at letters or statements like this, but I understand that I belong to the privileged group who can afford to take time off. I will not lose my job while working on my anxiety. With this letter and with ‘Stutz’ I hope to make it more normal for people to talk and act about this, so that they can take steps to feel better and so that the people in their lives can better understand their problems.”

Hill has largely disappeared from the spotlight by 2022. His most recent film, Adam McKay’s star-studded Netflix satire “Don’t Look Up,” hit theaters and on Netflix last December. Hill directed the second episode of HBO’s drama series “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty”.

Read Jonah Hill’s full open letter, first published by Deadline, below.

I have finished directing my second film, a documentary about me and my therapist about mental health in general, called ‘Stutz’. The whole purpose of making this film is to bring therapy and the tools I have learned in therapy to a wide audience for private use through an entertaining film.

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.

I’m so grateful that the film will have its world premiere at a prestigious film festival this fall, and I can’t wait to share it with audiences around the world in the hopes it will help those who are struggling. However, you won’t see me promoting this movie or any of my upcoming movies as I take this important step to protect myself. If I made myself sicker by going out and promoting it, I wouldn’t be true to myself or to the movie.

I usually cringe at letters or statements like this, but I understand that I belong to the privileged group who can afford to take time off. I will not lose my job while working on my anxiety. With this letter and with ‘Stutz’ I hope to make it more normal for people to talk and act about this. So that they can take steps to feel better and so that the people in their lives can better understand their problems.

I hope the work speaks for itself and I am grateful to my employees, my business partners and everyone reading this for your understanding and support.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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