And when DiCaprio isn't handing out pearls of wisdom, he's dishing out hilarious pranks. DiCaprio, 41, recently scared his close friend 'sh--less' when running up to Hill on the street pretending to be a crazed fan taking pictures. "It was just funny I was totally taken off-guard!" Hill told Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet of the premiere of War Dogs Wednesday night.
While Hill appreciated DiCaprio's advice, he wasn't able to apply it in War Dogs. His character's real-life counterpart, Efraim Diveroli, was serving a prison sentence on a fraud and conspiracy conviction, so Hill wasn't about to meet him before filming. But in the end, it might not have made a difference because this film was made for Hill – literally.
"We wrote the movie for Jonah. When I read the article [the movie is based on], and read about Efraim, I really thought, "Oh man, Jonah Hill could just kill this part,' " said director Told Phillips.
But it turns out, Hill almost wasn't in the film. "Even when we went to him with this story, he said no at first," Phillips revealed. "We kind of worked on the script, went back to Jonah, he said yes."
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