Last year, Jonah Hill showed a new side of his talent when his directorial debut Mid90s was met with critical acclaim. Additionally, he had an incredible performance on Netflixâ€™s Maniac alongside Superbad co-star Emma Stone. The actor has certainly branched out since his early days in modern classic comedic hits such as Knocked Up and This is The End, and it doesnâ€™t look like he plans on going back to his roots in â€œbroâ€� comedy any time to soon. As he recently revealed:
Jonah Hill has developed a mature approach to his work over the years and while he fondly looks back at the movies that jump started his career, he no longer wants to encourage the â€œbro masculinityâ€� a.k.a. somewhat toxic masculinity depicted in many of those films.
As he recently explained to Variety, Jonah Hill doesnâ€™t particularly feel a responsibility to steer away from these narratives, but as heâ€™s grown up heâ€™s recognized some of the problematic elements of the characters of his past and is moving forward as an actor by telling different kinds of stories.
A prime example of his interest in challenging traditional masculinity is through Mid90s, which he wrote the script for and directed. The film tells the coming-of-age story of a 13-year-old boy who starts hanging out with a new crowd from a local skate shop. He said he made the movie to bring to attention the harmful misogynistic and homophobic behaviors in teens language at the time, and how their inability to show emotion, sensitivity and vulnerability led to â€œterrible decisions.â€�
So while his breakout roles are classics and certainly still hilarious movies, the themes just don’t hold up for Jonah Hill. So donâ€™t expect Superbad 2 in the future. The actor has been moving away from bro comedies since his dramatic work in his Oscar nominated roles in 2011â€™s Moneyball and 2013â€™s The Wolf of Wall Street and voice roles in LEGO and How to Train Your Dragon film series as Green Lantern and Snotlout respectively.
Hollywoodâ€™s demand for â€œbro comediesâ€� has certainly shifted since 2007â€™s Superbad but letâ€™s hope Jonah Hill returns to his beginnings in comedy someday in a project that is where his heart is and we would love to see him, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen, Bill Hader and Emma Stone join in on the fun too!