The actor/director said he will be taking a break from advertising duties for any upcoming projects due to mental health issues.
Oscar-nominated Jonah Hill has announced his latest directorial effort, the documentary Stutz, chronicling his mental health struggles with his personal therapist.
The film “explores mental health in general” and provides audiences with therapeutic tools. “Through this journey of self-discovery within film, I have come to understand that I have spent nearly 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks that are exacerbated by media appearances and public events,” Hill said in a statement confirmed to IndieWire .
Hill also announced that while he won’t be retiring, he won’t be promoting Stutz or any other upcoming projects, including the Netflix comedy You People, which he co-wrote with director Kenya Barris. Hill made his directorial debut in 2018 with the coming-of-age play Mid-90s.
Here is the full-length statement:
“I’ve just finished directing my second film, a documentary about me and my mental health therapist called ‘Stutz’. The whole purpose of this film is to make the therapy and tools I learned in therapy available to a wide audience for personal use through an entertaining film.
“Through this journey of self-discovery within film, I have come to the conclusion that I have spent almost 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks that are exacerbated by media appearances and public events.
“I am so grateful that the film will have its world premiere at a prestigious film festival this fall and I can’t wait to share it with audiences around the world in the hope that it will help those affected. However, you won’t see me out there promoting this film or any of my upcoming films while I take this important step to protect myself. If I made myself sicker by going out and doing publicity, I wouldn’t be true to myself or the film.
“I usually cringe at such letters or statements, but I understand that I am one of the privileged few who can afford to take some time off. I will not lose my job while working on my fear. With this letter and with Stutz, I hope it will become more normal for people to talk and act about this stuff. So that they can take steps to feel better about themselves and so that the people in their lives understand their problems more clearly.
“I hope the work will speak for itself and I thank my employees, my business partners and everyone reading this for your understanding and support.”
Details on which fall film festival “Stutz” will debut have not yet been announced.
https://www.indiewire.com/2022/08/jonah-hill-stutz-documentary-mental-health-issues-1234752964/ Jonah Hill Reveals Stutz Documentary and Shares Mental Health Diagnoses