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Jonah Hill Stops Promoting His Movies After Having An Anxiety Attack For 20 Years

"I realized that I had been having anxiety attacks for nearly 20 years," says the actor


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Jonah Hill attends the "Mid 90's" press conference during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on Feb. 10, 2019 in Berlin, Germany.
Jonah Hill attends a press conference for the 69th Berlin International Film Festival held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Berlin, Germany on February 10, 2019. Photo by Andreas Rentz /Getty Images

Jonah Hill will no longer promote any of his films.

The Superbad star has experienced anxiety attacks in his nearly two decades, which are "aggravated by media appearances and public events" and are linked to mental health concerns. After finishing his work on Stutz, a documentary film about

In his open letter he wrote:

"The overall purpose of making this film is to bring therapy, and the tools I have learned in therapy, to a wide audience for personal use through an entertaining film.

“Through this journey of self-discovery through this film, I have come to realize that I have suffered from anxiety attacks for nearly 20 years.

“I am very grateful that this film will have its world premiere at a prestigious film festival this autumn. I can't wait to help those in need but to see me promote this and upcoming films while I take this important step to protect myself No. You can't stay true to yourself or the movie if you go out and advertise and you feel bad.(sic)”

The 38-year-old actor used to say: He admitted that he was "disgusted" by the open letter, but feels "privileged" to be able to deal with his anxiety without losing his job.

In a letter obtained by Deadline, he added:

"Don't lose your job while dealing with anxiety. I hope this letter and 'Stutz' will make it more normal for people to talk and act about this." . By doing so, you can take steps to feel better and help the people in your life understand your problems more clearly.

"I hope this work speaks for itself. Thank you to all of our collaborators, business partners and everyone reading this for their understanding and support. Jonah The Hill."

Starring and directed by Jonah, Stats is said to feature candid discussions of mental health, including anxiety attacks.

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