Jonah Hill has announced he will stop promoting movies due to anxiety attacks.
"I have spent nearly 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks, which are exacerbated by media appearances," he said.
Hill recently directed the documentary "Stutz," which spotlights the actor's mental health.
You won't be seeing Jonah Hill on the late-night circuit or the subject of big magazine profiles any time soon.
The actor released a statement on Wednesday that, for the foreseeable future, he will not be doing press for any of his upcoming movies, including his latest directing effort, a documentary titled "Stutz," which focuses on Hill's mental health.
"Through this journey of self-discovery within the film, I have come to the understanding that I have spent nearly 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks, which are exacerbated by media appearances and public-facing events," Hill wrote in a statement to Deadline.
"You won't see me out there promoting this film, or any of my upcoming films, while I take this important step to protect myself," Hill continued. "If I made myself sicker by going out there and promoting it, I wouldn't be acting true to myself or to the film."
"I usually cringe at letters or statements like this but I understand that I am of the privileged few who can afford to take time off," the "Superbad" star continued. "I won't lose my job while working on my anxiety. With this letter and with 'Stutz,' I'm hoping to make it more normal for people to talk and act on this stuff. So they can take steps towards feeling better and so that the people in their lives might understand their issues more clearly."
Hill is set to star in the upcoming Netflix movie, "You People," which he cowrote with "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris and also stars Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mike Epps, Nia Long, and David Duchovny. The movie marks Barris' directorial debut.
Stars are often contractually obligated to do publicity for the movies and TV shows they are attached to.
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