Jamie Reidy tells Jonah Hill to “lighten up” about people acknowledging his weight loss.
I dunno about you, but if Billy Crystal mentioned me in his Oscars opening song, I’d be pretty psyched.
And if the nine-time host specifically referenced my recent weight loss, I’d be happier than a fat kid with a fried Twinkie.
But not Jonah Hill.
Skip to 1:56 to see.
The 28-year old nominee for Best Supporting Actor barely managed a tight grin when Crystal crooned, “Jonah used to have much more to his middle. It’s great that you shed weight, but kid if you lose tonight I think that you should know, they’re serving cupcakes after the show.”
Big laugh from the crowd. Even Brad Pitt, Hill’s costar in “Moneyball” chuckled. But not Jonah.
Which makes me want to write him a letter:
Mr. Crystal didn’t link you to NBC’s hit show “The Biggest Loser.” He didn’t reference the Biblical story of Jonah and the whale. All he did was gently kid you about one of Hollywood’s most noticeable disappearing acts since Cuba Gooding’s career.
Dude, why drop a baby seal’s worth of poundage if you don’t want people to acknowledge it? Wasn’t that the point of all the effort and sacrifice, so that people would take notice? You’re young, wealthy and not in danger of diabetes; what are you so uptight about?
Ryan Seacrest had a lunatic unload an urn on his tux, and he handled it with far more good humor.
I’m sure the producers of your upcoming movie “21 Jump Street” loved the free publicity their star received. You should have, too.
Speaking of your being a movie star and all, that reminds me: why were you seated so close to the stage? Oh, that’s right, you got nominated in a film that got nominated for Best Picture. You’re a damn fine thespian whose eye-opening turn in “Moneyball” stunned Hollywood. So, Mr. Ack-tor, act! Pretend you’re cool with it.
If that’s too big a stretch, try to remember that you’re a comedian! Laugh it off. And if you can’t manage that, then waddle up to the buffet again, because you were a lot more fun the other way.
My mom says when people make fun of you it means they like you. Billy Crystal joked about you in front of one-billion people. They like you, Jonah, they really do.
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