Leading up to the release of 'Moneyball,' press outlets were focused on two things: Brad Pitt's performance as Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, and Jonah Hill's turn as a semi-serious actor. No star wants to be typecast, so you can sympathize with Jonah's interest in attempting to move outside the teenage comedy genre that made him famous. Unfortunately, serious acting isn't always needed -- particularly when you're making a raunchy R-rated comedy.

In an interview with the New York Times, Hill recalls taking things a little too seriously while shooting scene for his upcoming movie 'The Sitter.'

It was supposed to be a comic exchange between Mr. Hill... and Bruce Altman, the actor playing his absentee dad who won't help his son amid a particularly wayward night of substitute caregiving. But the scene took an unexpectedly poignant turn as Mr. Hill let loose upon an unreliable parent who had never been there for him, and who had abandoned him and his mother to start a new family. As Mr. Hill later said of this scene, 'It felt really tough and raw and honest and hard to watch in a great way.' And as he and his 'Sitter' director, David Gordon Green, came to agree, it had no business being in an antic, R-rated Jonah Hill comedy.

Cutting this scene from the movie (especially after watching the film's trailer) makes total sense. Hopefully, it will end up on the DVD outtakes. Until then, you'll have to wait for '21 Jump Street' and 'Neighborhood Watch' to see Jonah get serious. Oh, wait, those are comedies, too. Perhaps something further down the road then, a project that even Hill doesn't know about?

'The Sitter' hits theaters Dec. 9.

[via NYT]

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