The actor (Get Him to the Greek) actor and die-hard Lakers fan will play former A's assistant G.M. Paul DePodesta in the forthcoming Moneyball
You've shown up courtside at a few Lakers games. After what movie did you elevate to those seats?
Jonah Hill: I know a lot of people don't feel I deserve that, which is understandable, and I don't. They're not my seats. My agent, Ari, has those seats, so a few times a year he'll be nice enough to invite me. And it was definitely post-Superbad.
Your agent is the basis for Ari from Entourage?
JH: Yeah, his name is Ari Emanuel. Those are the company's seats, so it's not like I go to every game. But to get to sit there is the ultimate dream. I grew up in L.A. as a lifelong Lakers fan and had terrible seats. If I'm not asked, I like to see who is there, because it's usually someone way more successful than me. It's a good gauge to know how successful you are.
I heard you got a look from Phil Jackson for changing seats?
JH: No, I got full yelled at. It was not my fault. They were shooting Curb Your Enthusiasm. They said, "Hey, we've got to shoot this bit for the show where Larry is in the nosebleed section and he looks to see who is sitting in the good seats." We're in the two seats next to the bench, and they go, "Can you switch over two seats and then we can shoot the bit and you can go back to the seats next to the bench?" So they shoot the bit and leave in the middle of a play, which is bad etiquette. Phil noticed, and he was like, "Hey this isn't musical chairs. If you walk around again, I'm going to have you kicked out of here." It was the saddest moment of my life, because Phil is my hero. It's like your dad telling you you're not good enough.