A helpful PSA for us all: Jonah Hill is not his screen presence. French comedian and TV presenter Ornella Fleury learned that lesson the hard way last week when Hill and Miles Teller appeared on Le Grand Journal to promote War Dogs. The disconnect — helped along handily by a language barrier and the ensuing awkward pauses — was evident almost immediately, as Fleury clearly thought her guest was Jonah Hill, Judd Apatow acting troupe member, when, really, Jonah Hill, guy who wants to be taken seriously, showed up. First, Fleury joked about falling for Hill in This Is the End, saying, "when I saw you get sodomized by a 3-meter tall demon ... I told myself, now that's the man of my dreams." Hill initially played along, jabbing back: "I heard you get sodomized quite often." When Fleury tried continuing the bit, however, Hill got right well ticked off.
Fleury joked: "We would meet up in a hotel room at night. We would chat, you'd make me laugh... and then, all of a sudden, you'd bring your friends Leo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. And then you would leave." Hill's displeased response? "I'm glad I came on this show to get ridiculed by your local weather girl." Yeah, it's safe to assume that something was lost in translation.
While that marked the end of the onscreen tiff, Hill didn't get over Fleury's remarks so easily. On Sunday, word came by French news outlet BFMTV that Hill had canceled all of his remaining press appearances in the country. The next day, Fleury apologized for her jokes. Per translation by The Local, she said: "Jonah, the problem is that for 10 years I have lived with you through your films ... I really had the impression that I knew you, so last Friday I thought I was just messing around with a friend, but the reality is that we are not friends." Hill has yet to accept or acknowledge the apology, and all the while Miles Teller sits glumly by.
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Jonah Hill through the years
Jonah Hill through the years
Jonah Hill arrives for the GQ Men Of The Year Awards 2014 at a central London venue, London, Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
In this Thursday, June 5, 2014 co-stars Channing Tatum, left, and Jonah Hill, right, pose for a portrait in promotion of their new film "22 Jump Street," in New York. The film releases in the U.S. on Friday, June 13, 2014. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 4: Jonah Hill at Good Morning America in New York City on June 4, 2014. Credit: RW/MediaPunch/IPX
Jonah Hill arrives at the 86th Oscars Nominees Luncheon, on Monday, Feb., 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Jonah Hill arrives at the 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
From left, actress Jonah Hill and Roast Master Seth Rogen onstage during the Roast of James Franco at Culver Studios on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013 in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
Cast member Jonah Hill attends the premiere of "The Watch" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Monday, July 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)
Actor Jonah Hill arrives at the premiere of the feature film "21 Jump Street" in Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Jonah Hill arrives for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Jonah Hill poses backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Aug. 28, 2011, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actor Jonah Hill speaks at a panel for the television show "Allen Gregory" at the Comic-Con International 2011 convention held in San Diego Sunday, July 24, 2011. The annual comic book and popular arts convention attracts over 100,000 people and runs through Sunday July 24. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
Jonah Hill attends the 2011 Fox Upfront party on Monday, May 16, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Actor Jonah Hill arrives at the premiere of the feature film "Cyrus" at the Los Angeles Film Festival in Los Angeles on Friday, June 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
Actor Jonah Hill from the film Cyrus poses for a portrait at the Gibson Guitar Lounge during Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Monday, January 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri)
Jonah Hill arrives at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday May 31, 2009, in Universal City, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Actor Jonah Hill arrives to the premiere of "The Darjeeling Limited" in Beverly Hills, Calif., Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Jonah Hill arrives at the premiere of "Superbad" in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 13, 2007. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)