War Dogs Star Jonah Hill Says He Overdosed on The Wolf of Wall Street’s Fake Cocaine

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Jonah Hill

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Actor Jonah Hill’s role in War Dogs is reportedly a lot safer than a previous job. Hill portrayed stockbroker Donnie Azoff in 2013’s Wolf on Wall Street, and the prop cocaine used on set of the movie caused some serious side effects for the actor.

The fake cocaine was comprised of vitamin D powder, and the 32-year-old says he snorted the substance every day for a seven-month period. Jonah Hill’s vitamin D overdose led to a three-week bout of bronchitis that resulted in hospitalization.

He says the excessive amount of the vitamin gave him a very different type of high. With his new-found sense of power, Hill says he could have even lifted a car over his head.

In the right dosage, vitamin D is useful for proper thyroid function, maintaining a strong immune system, increasing calcium deposition into bones, and preventing cancer. Overdosing on vitamin D can lead to loss of appetite, high blood pressure, vomiting, nausea, failure to thrive, kidney malfunction, headaches, weakness, anorexia, digestive disturbance, hypercalcemia, and calcification of soft tissues.

Hill now plays international arms dealer Efraim Diveroli in this year’s War Dogs. How did Hill prepare for the dark comedy? Jonah Hill drinks coffee to improve performance in scenes with heavy drug use. He relied on coffee and other energy drinks like Red Bull for the Diveroli character. Hill says he starts by listening to music that makes him feel chaotic and jittery then he binge drinks coffee and Red Bull.

Jonah Hill’s Weight Loss Diet

It is worth noting that in War Dogs and Wolf on Wall Street Jonah Hill was playing an overweight character; however, in other movies the actor appears a lot thinner. For instance, Hill dropped weight for 2011’s Moneyball, 2012’s 21 Jump Street, and 2014’s 22 Jump Street, in which the actor played a thinner and somewhat more active character. Jonah Hill first showed off his 40-pound weight loss in a commercial for the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Now Jonah Hill’s body statistics are constantly changing. Some reports suggest that the 5’7 Jonah Hill weighs 192 pounds, but tomorrow that number could be higher or lower. It all seems to depend on what movie role the actor is preparing for.

Jonah Hill

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Jonah Hill’s health wasn’t always a big priority. The comedy and drama actor had some serious eating flaws in his 20s. That being said, the guidance of a nutritionist led Jonah Hill’s weight loss diet to include more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy products.

At the time Hill eliminated caffeine and alcohol from his diet, and also stopped eating donuts in the morning. He also cut out pizza, convenience store snacks, and ice cream, and started to embrace a Japanese diet with sushi.

Jonah Hill reportedly followed a diet similar to the Atkins diet, which helps boost metabolism, reduce inflammation, increase muscle mass, and suppress appetite. Sometimes Jonah Hill ate steak for dinner, pan-fried in coconut oil along with spinach and a low-calorie salad dressing. Other meals included filet mignon, sea bass, or salmon.

Jonah Hill’s Workout Routine

Jonah Hill did not rely on diet alone for his weight loss. Jonah Hill’s workout routine included push-ups, sit-ups, and running. Hill has also taken exercise advice from muscular movie star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who offered to work out with Hill, and even get him a trainer.

Other Jonah Hill exercises have included lunges, squats, abdominal plank holds, leg curls, step-up exercises, and rope crunches. The workout sculpted Hill’s chest, arms, and abs for maximum fat loss results.

Meditation also helped Jonah Hill deal with the emotional issues connected to the actor’s weight fluctuations. Hill has also worked with a spiritual guru that specializes in weight loss.

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