Jonah Hill announced that he is not going to be promoting his soon-to-be-released documentary film — or any upcoming projects for the foreseeable future — to avoid the anxiety attacks he often suffers during press tours.
The 38-year-old actor penned an open letter to share and explain his decision to stop promoting any recent movies indefinitely so as to give attention to his mental health.
Hill — whose recent documentary “Sputz” focuses on his mental health struggles — said that for nearly 20 years, he has been inflicted with anxiety attacks which might be worsened by media appearances and public-facing events.
“Through this journey of self-discovery inside the film, I even have come to the understanding that I even have spent nearly 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks, that are exacerbated by media appearances and public facing events,” Hill wrote within the open letter first published by Deadline.
The documentary directed by Hill focuses on his struggles with mental health and features his own therapist.
Jonah Hill says his documentary “Sputz” will give attention to mental health struggles, as he hopes it might probably help others struggling.FilmMagic
“The entire purpose of creating this film is to present therapy and the tools I’ve learned in therapy to a large audience for personal use through an entertaining film,” he added within the open letter.
Hill said “Stutz” is about to make its world premiere at a prestigious film festival within the autumn.
“Nevertheless, you won’t see me on the market promoting this film, or any of my upcoming movies, while I take this vital step to guard myself,” he wrote. “If I made myself sicker by going on the market and promoting it, I wouldn’t be acting true to myself or to the film.”
“I hope the work will speak for itself,” he added.
The “21 Jump Street” actor added that’s lucky to give you the option to take time away from work to give attention to his mental health.
“I often cringe at letters or statements like this but I understand that I’m of the privileged few who can afford to take day without work,” Hill wrote. “I won’t lose my job while working on my anxiety.
He said the open letter just isn’t only a way break the news of his no-press decision, but additionally encouragement for more people to discuss mental health.
“With this letter and with “Stutz,” I’m hoping to make it more normal for people to speak and act on these things,” Hill wrote. “So that they can take steps towards feeling higher and in order that the people of their lives might understand their issues more clearly.”
He said he hopes “Stuz” will help Latest Yorkers and others combating mental health.