Jonah Hill Has Opened Up About How Channing Tatum’s Harsh Words Changed His Life

Actor Jonah Hill has struggled with his weight since adolescence. By contrast, his good friend and former co-star Channing Tatum was once a male stripper with washboard abs. So, in a desperate situation, Hill called his buddy for some weight-loss advice. The brutally honest reply Tatum gave him was enough to motivate Hill to shed more than 40lbs.

Hill’s breakout role came aged 22 in the teen comedy Superbad. In October 2018, he described that period to TV chatshow host Ellen DeGeneres as being when, “All my friends were in college, so I was living like a frat guy like everyone, drinking beer and eating pizza.” Though he later shed excess weight, he piled it on again for 2016’s War Dogs.

Indeed, it was a more svelte Hill who quickly became friends with Channing Tatum when they co-starred in action comedy flick 21 Jump Street in 2012. The pair grew close. Indeed, they believe their real-life connection contributes to their on-screen chemistry. Their roles were reprised in 22 Jump Street, and they have contributed voice work to various Lego movies.

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So when Hill needed weight-loss advice, he phoned Tatum for some honesty. As he recalled to TV chatshow host Jimmy Fallon in 2016, “I called [Tatum] and said, ‘If I eat less and go to a trainer, will I get in better shape?’ And he said, ‘Yes you dumb motherf*****, of course you will, it’s the simplest thing in the entire world.’”

Hill took to boxing to help shift around 40lbs. However, the biggest impact on his weight loss was his diet; he ditched beer and kept a food journal which he shared with a nutritionist. In January 2019, Hill posted an image on Instagram with his Jiu Jitsu sensei. Tatum commented, “Please choke me out the moment I see you next. Thanks bye.”

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