Jonah Hill hopes fans will use his controversial ripping of a particularly pesky paparazzo as an example of what not to do when angry.
The Oscar-nominated actor — who is promoting his summer comedy 22 Jump Street — says he and a few friends were enjoying an outing in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon when a photographer began harassing the group. The snapper spent the next several hours, Hill claims, telling him how much he liked his “sexy shorts” and making disparaging remarks about his family.
After a while, the comedian notes, he snapped and began heckling the antagonist, shouting:
“Suck my d**k, you fa**ot.”
(We know what you’re thinking: Yes, he kisses his mother with that mouth.)
Of course, TMZ captured the incident on camera, forcing Jonah to use what should have been promotional interviews with Howard Stern and The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon to instead apologize for behavior some have called inexcusable.
Speaking with Fallon on Tuesday night, Hill admitted he messed up:
“…This weekend I was out with my friends and there was a paparazzi guy and he was antagonizing me, calling me names, attacking me personally, my family personally. I was genuinely hurt by this and made angry by this. And in response I wanted to hurt him back and I said the most hurtful word that I could think of at that moment. I didn’t mean this in the sense of the word, I didn’t mean it in a homophobic way. I think that doesn’t matter, words have weight and meaning. The word I chose was grotesque, no one deserves to say or hear words like that.”
Jonah says he’s most disappointed in himself for hurting the LGBTQ community, for which he always been a devout advocate.
“I have been a supporter the LBGT community my entire life. I completely let members of that community and everybody else down when I used a word like that this weekend. My heart is broken and I genuinely am deeply sorry for anyone whose ever been affected by that term in their life.”
Ultimately, the guy who accepted peanuts for payment all for the chance to work with Martin Scorsese, hopes others will learn from his mistake:
“…What I ask is that, at home if you’re watching this and you’re young person especially, if someone says something that hurts you or angers you use me as an example of what not to do. Don’t respond with hatred or anger because you’re just adding more ugliness to the world. Again, I’m so sorry.”