-Jonah Hill! His new movie, "Mid90s,"
will be in theaters everywhere October 26th.
Were you nervous when you went in to start this as a director,
for directing, or were you confident?
You knew you could do it? -I think both.
I think you're just so nervous and so excited.
You only get one chance to do it for the first time.
-But you've worked with like --
You've worked with Scorsese, you've worked with Tarantino.
I mean, some of the best filmmakers of our time.
You're friends with Spike Jonze. -Yeah.
-Did you call these people for advice?
-I definitely utilized --
I call them professors, the directors I work for,
'cause I utilize my professors, and I happened to --
I was eating dinner with my best friend
the night before we started shooting,
and randomly, Ethan Coen, of the Coen Brothers,
was in the restaurant,
and I had worked with them the year before.
So, as I was walking to the bathroom,
Ethan said hi, and we started talking.
And I said, "Listen, you know, you're one of my heroes.
I'm starting my first film tomorrow.
Do you have any advice for me?"
And he goes, "Let me get back to you.
Let me think about it. It's a good question.
Let me get back to you."
So we're eating our dinner, and he goes to leave,
so he comes over to the table.
My friend freaks out, 'cause he's a filmmaker, also,
and he's like, "Ethan Coen." -Ethan Coen.
-Like the God. The [bleep] goat.
Like, the Coen Brothers are the [bleep]
And like -- And he goes, he goes --
Let me tell you. So he goes,
"I was so stressed out making my first film,
I didn't enjoy it.
So just enjoy it. Even the stress is new.
Enjoy the newness,
and, like, you'll look back and try and enjoy."
And so, I was like, "That's great advice."
I told my whole crew.
I was like, "Please make sure I enjoy this."
[ Laughter ]
-I thought you were gonna say, "Please, enjoy this."
-"Please, let me enjoy this." -"Make me enjoy it," yeah.
I thought you were gonna say, "You guys enjoy it."
-I was so stressed.
I look back, and I can see what he was saying --
I couldn't enjoy it.
-It's an experience you have, an experience --
You'll never get that back, the first.
-You never get back your first time,
and it wasn't until the New York Film Festival
that I took a breath, and I, like --
I just -- -Like when you were there...
-As it ended.
-The film got a standing ovation.
-It was really crazy, yeah. -That's rare.
That's rare. Did you freak out?
-Okay. So, my sister, Beanie Feldstein --
Shout-out to Beanie Feldstein. -We love Beanie Feldstein.
-The illest person of all time. -We love her.
Hi, Beanie! -Big shout.
So, she was in "Lady Bird," right?
And I went to the New York Film Festival,
the only place I wanted to be.
It's my dream as a filmmaker.
And I go to see "Lady Bird" the year before,
and there's this big banner outside --
Greta Gerwig, director, New York Film Festival.
And I'm standing out there, staring at the banner,
and I'm like, "Man, Greta and I --"
I remember 10 years ago us auditioning for movies,
like, young actors saying, "We want to be filmmakers,"
talking trash. And she did it.
-Yeah. -And I looked at the sign,
and I was like, "She did it. I'm so stoked for her."
And I was like, "If I had a genie,
my one wish would be that --"
I was about to start editing "Mid90s."
"My one wish would be to be at the New York Film Festival."
And we were the surprise screening
at the New York Film Festival and got a standing ovation.
[ Cheers and applause ]
It's all happening.
-A lot of --
A lot of Hollywood stuff is like, you know,
false emotion or trying to feign passion.
It's like, I could cry thinking about it.
This thing I sat and wrote in my room,
the fact that even you know what "Mid90s" is, is insane to me.
Whenever I was like sad or angry or anything,
I would just go to my room and write,
and it was my best friend.
And now it's for everybody, you know?
-It's happening now. -It's crazy.
-Congrats. Getting great reviews.
Congrats on that.
It's certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.
But we're gonna show a clip.
But you couldn't think of what clip to show us.
-Well, the language is strong to quite strong, Jimmy,
in the film. [ Laughter ]
-You think? Yeah, okay, Jonah.
We bleeped you out 10 times already today.
[ Laughter ]
-Well, I really tried to capture --
genuinely tried to capture in a bad end,
you know, whatever it is, in a way how people actually spoke.
So it is a lot of bad language.
So we decided to show a trailer,
a little mini trailer for you guys.
-A little mini trailer. -"Mid90s."
-Oh, I should say, the score is fantastic.
-Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, my dream composers.
-They were fantastic. -We had no money --
We had no money, and we took a shot.
And they watched it, and they said, "We'll score the movie."
And I've Skyped with them,
spoken to them on the phone every day.
-How is Trent Reznor? -Never met him.
-Really? [ Laughter ]
-We did it all virtually, which is insane
that, like, I've never met the composer.
-But that's kind of what you want from Trent Reznor,
a little mystique. -He's the man.
And so is Atticus Ross. -Is he funny?
-He's the most dry, funny person I've ever met.
-You don't know if he's joking. -He's one of my heroes.
So a lot of times, I'd end the exchange with,
"Oh, if you need someone to sing backup on 'Head Like a Hole,'
I'm available," right? [ Laughter ]
And it was never acknowledged.
[ Laughter ]
And then, so, the day with my editor, Nick Houy --
Big shout-outs to Nick.
I would do it every day,
every time we had to discuss the score.
-You'd say, "Hey, I --"
-Hey, I'm available to sing backup on 'Head Like a Hole.'"
And then, after six months, I just got back.
I did it, and I just got back on the e-mail
with everyone -- a "Ha," H-A.
[ Laughter ]
-That's a win!
That is a win, if you got a "Ha" from Trent Reznor.
-I wore him down. -You wore him down.
You got a "Ha" from Trent Reznor.
-He's like, "Ha." -One "Ha."
-Yeah. And we didn't have any money,
and the soundtrack is crazy.
Like, we had no money.
So I had to write letters to all of my favorite artists.
And I went -- the first I go,
"We got to go for the boss first."
And the most emotional scene in the movie,
I wrote every song that's in the film,
I wrote the scene to have that song in it,
and I wrote to Morrissey,
and I wrote him a really personal letter,
and he e-mailed back.
[ Laughter ]
-Dude. That's why you're the host
of "The Tonight Show," dude. Like, that's amazing.
So quick. -But what did he say?
-He wrote back, "It is my pleasure,
and I can't wait to see 'Mid90s,' Morrissey," all caps.
-I mean, that's all you need.
-Drop the mic. I literally --
My producers, Scott Rudin and Eli Bush,
I was like -- 'cause they were on the e-mail, too --
I was like -- And Ian, my manager --
I was like, "Morrissey knows what 'Mid90s' is!
He said the words 'Mid90s'!
Like, Morrissey knows --" -"Morrissey is my best friend!"
-"Like, we are best friends!" -That's not true.
That's not true at all. -And, no, no, no.
I think it is.
[ Laughter ]
-I want to show a clip of the trailer.
Here's a little trailer. -"Mid90s."
Jonah Hill's directorial debut, "Mid90s."
Take a look at this. -This is crazy.
-You all right?
-A lot of the time, we feel like our lives are the worst,
but I think if you looked in anybody else's closet,
you wouldn't trade your [bleep] for their [bleep]
So let's go.
-That's why we ride a piece of wood,
what that does to somebody's spirit.
-That's my ball, my ball!
-[ Shouting ]
-Yo, Stevie's insane.
Jonah Hill, everybody!