If you even remotely follow Hollywood, then you’ll know Jonah Hill has been nominated for an Oscar for his role in Moneyball. You’ve probably noticed that he’s lost a lot of weight between 2007’s Superbad and now. And if you follow this blog, you know I’m now going to point out that we might have another case where a liberal Hollywood actor lives their life by conservative principles, even if they then strangely become advocates for liberal politicians.
Take for instance the way Jonah describes the role of Peter Brand, “a statistics nerd out of Yale hired to…defy baseball convention and turn the lowly Oakland A’s into winners.” In regards to telling a player he’s been traded from the Oakland A’s to the Detroit Tigers, Jonah says:
That to me is my favorite scene I’ve ever shot in a movie, and it’s also the most difficult scene I’ve ever shot as an actor, because it’s rare that a character gets to grow up, and in a 30 second period of time he has to see all the repercussions of responsibility—by telling this man that his whole life is negatively effected by my ideas.
Is Jonah Hill the type of guy who would blast venture capital firms like…Bane Capital? Given his buddy Seth Rogen’s contributions to the Democratic Party (and Hollywood in general), that might be a safe bet, but I hope not. Hill has acknowledged that sometimes in order to turn around a baseball team—and by extension a company, a health care system, a school system or any organization—tough decisions need to be made. And that doesn’t mean that the people behind the scenes calling the shots are mean and evil and uncaring. In fact, more often than not they’re good people who are just trying to do the best they can in a complex situation. Why successful Hollywood actors tend to criticize the same market forces that rewarded them beyond their wildest dreams remains a mystery.
Later in the interview, Jonah talks about his recent weight loss and the “amazing” aspects of entertainment industry. Again, the conservative worldview pervades, even if he doesn’t realize it:
I just had a moment in my life where I said, “I want to become a man.” And that means with my career, and that means with my life, and that means with my health… What’s kind of amazing about our business…one audition, one five minute performance, one moment can change the course of your entire life.
Here, Hill realizes that by and large we don’t have an “obesity epidemic,” we have a lack of real men who are willing to take responsibility for their careers, life, and health. You have the ability to control the things you put in your mouth. You have the ability to control the frequency with which you put things in your mouth, and you have the ability to find out what nutritional choices can help you obtain your goals.
Finally, one should point out to Jonah that it isn’t just Hollywood where one moment can change your life—THAT IS LIFE. It doesn’t matter what career field you’re in, or where you want to be—preparation and persistence will always meet the moment of opportunity. It’s up to the individual to recognize those moments and take advantage of them. The problem with liberalism is that it attempts to create opportunities (with other people’s money) when it’s preparation and persistence that matter.
Good luck with that Oscar nomination, Jonah. And here’s to hoping you don’t turn your back on the principles that have served you so well over your career.