Jonah Hill has announced that he won’t be promoting his soon-to-be documentary – or any upcoming projects for the foreseeable future – to avoid the anxiety attacks he often suffers during press tours.
The 38-year-old actor wrote an open letter to share and explain his decision to stop promoting any new films indefinitely in order to focus on his mental health.
For nearly two decades, Hill – whose new documentary “Stutz” focuses on his struggles with mental health, said he has experienced attacks of anxiety exacerbated by appearances in the media and events facing the public.
“Through this journey of self-discovery within the film, I have come to realize that I have spent nearly 20 years suffering from anxiety attacks, which have been exacerbated by appearances in the media and events facing audiences,” Hill wrote in the open letter first. Posted by Deadline.
Hill’s documentary focuses on his struggles with mental health and features his own treatment.
“The primary purpose of making this film is to give the therapy and the tools I have learned in therapy to a wide audience for private use through an entertaining film,” he added in the open letter.
Hill said Stutz is set to have its world premiere at a prestigious film festival in the fall.
“However, you will not see me promoting this film, or any of my upcoming films, while I take this important step to protect myself,” he wrote. “If I made myself sicker by going out there and promoting it, I wouldn’t be honest with myself or the movie.”
“I hope the work speaks for itself,” he added.
The “21 Jump Street” actor added that he’s fortunate enough to take time away from work to focus on his mental health.
“I usually complain about letters or phrases like this, but I understand that I’m one of the lucky few who can afford a vacation,” Hill wrote. “I will not lose my job while working on my anxiety.
He said the open letter is not only a way to spread the news of his decision not to press, it is also an encouragement for more people to speak up about mental health.
With this letter and with Stutz, Hill wrote, “I hope to make it natural for people to talk and act on these things.” “So that they can take steps toward feeling better and so that the people in their lives understand their problems more clearly.”
He said he hoped Stuz would help New Yorkers and others with mental health issues.