A week ago, Jonah Hill appeared on French TV show Le Grand Journal alongside Miles Teller to promote their comedy drama film War Dogs. Based on films like This Is The End and Sausage Party, you’d think Hill would be a fairly thick-skinned guy capable of taking a joke, but as a result of what happened that day, he reportedly cancelled most of his other press in France (although he has apparently appeared in a press conference at Deauville Festival, so perhaps not).
Perhaps the problem was that the French-language show was being translated live for Hill and Teller via earpieces: being teased in another language means you can’t always retort. But Hill’s eventual response, which takes Canal + presenter Fleury as a “local weather girl”, remains slightly off too.
Ornella Fleury, the ‘Miss Météo’ who caused him such offence, joked that she first thought he was the “man of my dreams” after seeing him get sodomised by a three-metre demon in biblical apocalypse comedy This Is The End. His lip curled, he shoots back, “And you, you get sodomised quite often?”
Despite his visible discomfort she carries on, elaborating on one of her sexual fantasies: him making her laugh in a hotel room, bringing in his friends Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt to the room, leaving them with her, and departing. “I’m glad I came to this show to get ridiculed by your local weather girl,” he says of Fleury.
It’s a supremely weird exchange, and it has to be one of the most awkward TV interview moments ever. See it below:
Fleury has since apologised: “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 two 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 which makes cleaning products]”.