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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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 16: Jonah Hill is seen on May 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG005/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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Two winged bulls dating from the Assyrians empire were found in a labyrinth of narrow underground tunnels dug by the Islamic State group in east Mosul. The impressive maze of tunnels dug by the jihadists to carry out archaeological excavations is located in the heart of the hill that houses the tomb of the Prophet Jonah (Nabi Younes). / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Actor Jonah Hill speaks onstage during the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Expo Hall on January 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actor Jonah Hill attends the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Jonah Hill is seen on November 07, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by HIGHFIVE/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 14: Actor Jonah Hill is seen on December 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 08: Jonah Hill speaks at The New Yorker Festival 2016 - Jonah Hill talks with David Remnick at Acura at SIR Stage37 on October 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Jonah Hill speaks onstage during the 20th Annual Hollywood Film Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 6, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Jonah Hill is seen on November 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG012/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
Best actor in a supporting role nominee Jonah Hill arrives at the 86th Academy Awards nominees luncheon in Beverly Hills, California February 10, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)
Actor Jonah Hill arrives at the 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards in Santa Monica, California January 16, 2014. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (CRITICSCHOICE-ARRIVALS)