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Stars hail Scorsese at pre-Oscar nominees' lunch

LOS ANGELES - US actor Jonah Hill joked that he would paint Martin Scorsese's house if the film legend asked him to, as he and "The Wolf of Wall Street" star Leonardo DiCaprio praised the veteran director.

Hill, who was paid only $60,000 for his role Scorsese’s latest film, said he couldn’t believe he had been nominated for an Oscar -- but said he will have a speech ready just in case for the Academy Awards show on March 2.

Asked if he would negotiate a better deal with Scorsese next time, he said at a lunch for this year’s Oscar nominees: "I wouldn’t care, honestly.

"Martin Scorsese is my favorite filmmaker of all time. ’Goodfellas’ is the reason I wanted to make movies and dedicate my life to that. I would paint his house if he asked me to," added Hill, nominated for best supporting actor.

Scorsese himself was among the star-studded cast at Monday’s annual Oscar Nominees Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton hotel, less than three weeks before the Academy Awards, the climax of Hollywood’s annual awards season.

DiCaprio, who plays real-life corporate raider Jordan Belfort in "The Wolf of Wall Street," said: "He’s one of the first filmmakers as a young man that I became transfixed by. .. He inspired my whole generation.

"I suppose his relationship with me has to do with the fact that we share similar tastes, and I’m willing to do whatever it is he wants up there on the screen," the "Titanic" added the star, nominated for best actor Oscar.

AFP


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