Jonah Hill Won’t Promote Upcoming Movies Due To Panic Attacks

Jonah Hill directed and acted in stutz, a documentary about his therapist and his mental health, but he won’t hit the media circuit to promote it. In an open letter posted via Deadline, Hill explained how his mental health has been negatively affected by the press appearances. “Through this journey of self-discovery in film, I realized that I had spent nearly 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks, which are exacerbated by media appearances and public events,” said he wrote.

The super bad the star’s upcoming projects include you people—a Netflix comedy directed by Kenya Barris and co-starred Eddie Murphy-and stutz, which bears the name of Phil Stutz, the therapist Hill started seeing on the recommendation of Joaquin Phoenix in 2017. “I am so grateful that the film is making its world premiere at a prestigious film festival this fall, and I look forward to sharing it with audiences around the world in the hope that it will help those who struggle,” Hill wrote, referring to the latter film. “However, you won’t see me promoting this movie, or any of my upcoming movies, while I’m taking this important step to protect myself. If I made myself any sicker by going out there and doing promotion, I wouldn’t be true to myself or the movie.

This isn’t the first time Hill has opened up about the strain media coverage has put on his mental health. Hill took to Instagram last fall to ask that the public stop commenting on her body, writing that “it’s not helpful and doesn’t feel right.” On Twitter, the actor Josh Gad supported Hill’s decision to step away from promotional appearances, writing, “As someone who has dealt with anxiety most of my life, I applaud and thank Jonah Hill for his candor and openness to discuss this difficult subject.”

Hill concluded his letter by writing, “I usually recoil from letters or statements like this, but understand that I am one of the privileged few who can afford to take time off. I will not lose my job working on my anxiety. With this letter and with stutz, I hope to make it more normal for people to talk and act on this stuff. Thus, they can take steps to feel better and so that the people around them can better understand their problems.

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