‘Fake cocaine’ put Jonah Hill in hospital while shooting The Wolf of Wall Street

Turns out too much vitamin D is a bad thing.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street
Bromance Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in The Wolf of Wall Street. Image Picture Warner Bros/Paramount

Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Wolf of Wall Street was a high-octane mix of sex, booze and drugs – and it turns out this hedonism spilled over into real life. Sort of.

Jonah Hill, who played motormouth financial swindler Donnie Azoff in the Martin Scorsese drama, admitted that he was hospitalised after overdosing on too much fake cocaine on the set of the film.

The substance stand-in, in case you’re wondering, is vitamin D powder.

“I never had more vitamin D in my entire life. I could have lifted a car over my f**king head!”

“I did so much fake cocaine in Wolf of Wall Street I got bronchitis for three weeks and had to be hospitalised, Hill said on Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons.

“It’s vitamin powder, but it doesn’t matter, because if you ingest that much matter into your lungs, you’ll get very sick, and we were just literally doing fake coke for, like, seven months, every day.

“I never had more vitamin D in my entire life. I could have lifted a car over my f**king head!”

Hill had previously said in an interview with The Guardian that it was “every actor’s dream” to snort fake coke on a Scorsese movie. With Goodfellas and Casino in the filmmaker’s back catalogue, who could blame him?

“The first time you snort fake cocaine in a Scorsese movie you feel like… I don’t know! I got embarrassed because I said that it’s every actor’s dream. I guess it’s not, but to me, it’s a pretty iconic thing to do,” he explained.

Hill is next appearing in War Dogs, a comedy-drama about two men who win a $300 million contract from the Pentagon to arm America’s allies in Afghanistan.

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