Jonah Hill has played many profane characters, most recently in the war-profiteering comedy War Dogs, but that history apparently made one French TV host feel too chummy when it was time to poke fun at the star. On the panel show Le Grand Journal, host Ornella Fleury jokingly decided to reveal her "sexual fantasy" about Hill. At first, both Hill and Fleury seemed to be giving each other a hard time in good fun, but after she reached the punchline, he appeared genuinely hurt:
Fleury begins with how she came to develop this "fantasy."
It’s when I saw you get sodomized by a three-meter-tall demon in This Is the End that I told myself, 'Now that’s the man of my dreams!'
At this point, Hill is still willing to give as good as he gets.
And you? I hear you get sodomised pretty often.
Uh, ok? Pretty harsh, but not compared to what came next from Fleury:
Anyway, that’s why I have a sexual fantasy with you, Jonah,
At this point the audience laughs.
All I said is “sexual fantasy” and you guys laugh. Guess I don’t need to finish the joke!
But she did:
My sexual fantasy would be that we’d meet up in a hotel room at night. We would chat, you’d make me laugh; you’d make me laugh a lot! And then all of a sudden, you’d bring your friends [Leonardo] DiCaprio and Brad Pitt … And then you’d go away!
Damn, or as they say in France, le damn. Jonah was clearly not pleased with this very French roast (French roasts are always too dark for my tastes) he'd been invited to, and it showed in his sarcastic thumbs-up and put-down:
I’m glad I came to this show to get ridiculed by a local weather girl - it's nice.
After this went down, there were rumors (since withdrawn) that Hill canceled all further French publicity for War Dogs. He has since done other appearances, however, so we at least know he wasn't so insulted he left the country. In the ensuing media chaos, Fleury released a pretty heartfelt apology, mixed with her own hurt rebuttals:
Jonah, the problem is that for 10 years I have lived with you through your films. In fact Jonah, 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.
No, the reality is that you have two Oscar nominations and I have two videos on my YouTube account. You have made films with Scorese and Tarantino and me, I have made an advert for Spontex (a company that specializes in making cleaning products).
Everyone looks pretty bad here, but everyone also looks pretty hurt. If there's a lesson to be learned here, it's probably the same as the lesson of War Dogs: "don't act like a Jonah Hill character in real life."