After just finishing Stutz, a documentary about the techniques he picked up in therapy to help with his mental health, Jonah Hill has decided to follow some of his own advise.
Hill just made the announcement that he won’t be promoting any of his upcoming movies in order to concentrate on the anxiety attacks he has experienced for almost 20 years.
The documentary, according to Deadline, is named after Hill’s therapist and includes open discussions about mental health and how Hill’s anxiety episodes grew worse over time, making the promotion of his movies seem like a nightmare.
While Hill’s other upcoming film, You People, which he co-wrote with Kenya Barris of Blackish and stars Hill, Eddie Murphy, David Duchovny, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, will be released on Netflix later this year, Stutz will make its festival debut this autumn.
Jonah Hill’s Statement Regarding His Mental Health
“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.”
“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.”
“I am so grateful that the film will make 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 hope that it will help those struggling. However, you won’t see me out there promoting this film, or any of my upcoming films, while I take this important step to protect myself. If I made myself sicker by going out there and promoting it, I wouldn’t be acting true to myself or to the film.”
“I usually cringe at letters or statements like this but 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. 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.”
“I hope the work will speak for itself and I’m grateful to my collaborators, my business partners and to all reading this for your understanding and support.” – Jonah Hill.