Did Brad Pitt bully Jonah Hill into his dramatic weight loss?


We thought about covering Jonah Hill’s dramatic weight loss, but in the end, we didn’t do it because meh. I don’t dislike the guy or anything, and I’m actually happy for him because he really stuck with a weight loss program, and it’s really working for him. But at the end of the day, what can really be said about it? He was overweight and he’s getting healthier and good for him. Anyway, Star Magazine has a crazy story about Jonah’s decision to lose weight, and how his Moneyball costar Brad Pitt helped instigate the whole thing. By mocking him and calling him “Fat Man”. Yeah… not so clever, Brad. Maybe Brad and Gwyneth secretly have conversations about how much they hate fat people?

While working on Moneyball, Brad Pitt buddied up with Jonah, who he nicknamed Fat Man. But soon the joking turned serious, a source explained: “Brad started lecturing Jonah about taking care of his body, eating healthy and getting regular exercise.”

Jonah started avoiding “fried, fatty food and desserts at the crafts services table,” the source explains. But he struggled, so Brad invited him to early morning baseball practice. “They were exercising by 6 a.m.,” the source added.

Eventually, Brad not only hired a personal trainer but “also bough Jonah more than $1,500 in new, casual clothes as an incentive after Jonah shed the first 15 lbs.”

Now 40 lbs. lighter, “Jonah says he’s forever indebted to Brad for helping him,” the source explains.

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

Is it possible that Brad has more in common with his fat-hating ex-girlfriend Gwyneth then we ever knew? Or does the whole “Fat Man” thing fall into the “guy code” stuff where dudes mock other dudes for various physical stuff and it’s all good between bros? Also: is it possible that Brad has that kind of spare time to devote to Jonah’s weight loss regimen? Maybe, eh and NO. Anyway, just FYI, Jonah’s people denied the story to Gossip Cop, and Hill is on record talking about how he just decided one day to try to be healthier. So… Brad probably had nothing to do with it. At all. But now I can’t get it out of my head that Brad is a Goop-style fat-hater and perhaps that’s why Angelina is always so tiny. Ugh.





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  1. bros says:

    fat man just sounds like how guys always come up with nicknames for each other that women would find mean. sounds like brad did him a favor if this is true and it finally woke him up how many years off his life he was taking by not paying attention to what he was feeding himself. it sounds like more of a mentor relationship and not a fat-hater…..

  2. brin says:

    Wonder if he poked Jonah in the gut and said “What’s going on in there?” like Goop.

  3. Ohforf says:

    Maybe, just maybe, he was genuinely just concerned for someone he considered a friend, who was living an unhealthy lifestyle. Guys use mockery sometimes to cover up our genuine concern for our friends and our feelings. This sounds very much like how I would talk to a friend who I was concerned about.

  4. RocketMerry says:

    Dude, I totally see that happening!
    Brad:”You’re FAT, fat man”
    Jonah:”Noooooooooo!”, while crying in a corner, shaking head to toe.
    Brad then calls his very good friend, Gwyneth, and they talk about how FAT people are. Lots of superior chuckles, common friends references and latest dieting secret tips.
    Lastly they decide to help poor little Jonah in his fight against the evil carbs and free the world, one fattie at a time. Side eye to Angelina.
    The End.

  5. Meadowlark says:

    Pfft! I really doubt this is true but I, too, will now secretly think Pitt and Goop call each other in the middle of the night and talk about the peasants they had to mentor that day.

    But, seriously, it annoys me that the media can’t accept a person deciding to become healthier on their own for non-superficial reasons.

  6. JM says:

    If Brad did nickname Jonah Fat Man, it was probably meant as a term of endearment. My hubby’s BFF has called him Fat Matt the Water Rat for over 20 years and the BFF is known as Rob licking my knob. LOL!

    Kudos to Jonah for getting healthier. If he did do it by diet & exercise alone, more power to him.

  7. You don't say says:

    So Johah Hill saying he lost weight to get healthy is just not a good enough explanation, like other people have done. No relationship issues for Pitt, so they make something else up. Really kind of funny really. Good for Jonah though. Give the man some credit.

  8. Mika says:

    Really? How old is Hill now? I’m sure he’s been called fat a few times before.

  9. mln76 says:

    It’s not a true story and just another reason to bash Brad but if it were true it’s still guy talk. Men are so blunt with one another. Add that to the supposed fact that he went trained with him and bought him clothes in this imaginary world and at the end of the day it’s much nicer than just telling a peasant he’s fat and dismissing him to find a fast like we know for a fact GOOPY did to her ‘friend’.

  10. jinni says:

    Well considering that Pitt’s girlfriends tend to get super skinny when they’re in relationships with him I don’t find the idea of him fat-shaming someone so farfetched. But since Jonah denied the story I’ll take his word for it.

  11. lucy2 says:

    Jonah looks like a completely different person! That’s great for him, but unfortunately I bet there’s an impact on his career, since up to this point he’s always played the ‘funny fat kid’ type roles. Or maybe it will open him up to more possibilities, who knows.

  12. KLO says:

    Brad and GOOP were engaged at one point. ENGAGED.

    i mean, *LOL*

    This totally might be true. Stranger things have happened.

  13. Gigohead says:

    When Jonah was bigger, at least he was able to button his shirts right. Did he miss a button on the pink shirt?

  14. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Quick glance of the comments shows hardly no one paid attention to the part where Jonah says Brad never said that. It doesn’t even sound like something Brad would say. Brad is a very easy going person and appearance is the last thing he gives a s*it about and that shows. Even for health reasons Brad wouldn’t have said that.

  15. Sue says:

    Jonah DENIED the story THE END.

  16. shiba says:

    Brad doesn’t seem like a fat shamer. His women have all been skinnies tho. Just a type uber-A thing?

  17. RocketMerry says:

    Guys … just to be clear, I was joking.
    The End.

  18. aenflex says:

    Why does anyone have to be a fat-hater? I mean I see what yall are saying, and Goop may very well be a fat hater. But if I became close with a person who was overweight and unhealthy and unhappy, I would try to help them because I care. I guess caring can be dangerous too. But you also have to look at intent. How can someone actually be a hater if there is no mal-intent?

  19. Chloe says:

    BS all the way.

  20. Lisa Turtle 2 says:

    I think this is bullshit… Just a way to link Jonah Hill’s weight loss to Brad (when in reality is has nothing to do with Brad)…. Think about it, Pitt is a smoker. He has no business telling anyone to “get healthy” because those cigarettes are surely going to kill him before his time. The only thing more dangerous to ones health than being obese is being a smoker.

  21. Anonny says:

    Good for him for losing a tremendous amount of weight, regardless of what initiated it.

  22. Turtle Dove says:

    I dunno… not sure if I am buying this.

    If anything, I think that Jonah got encouragement from Brad and looked at how great Brad looks at almost 50 (wow… can’t believe that) and with 6 kids. Although the guy looks exhausted a lot and is quite busy, he is in amazing shape still.

  23. C-DUB says:

    LOL!!! @ RocketMerry! I can see that!

  24. Rhiley says:

    I would imagine that it is BS but I do think Brad likes his bitches thin, super thin. Or maybe Brad’s bitches thinks he likes his bitches thin, super thin, and so they become dramatically thinner when they are on his arm: Juliette, Gwenny, Jennifer, Angie, and now Jonah. But honestly the stories of Brad’s drinking, smoking, pot use, makes me think that he probably is not the most active of dudes. I bet he doesn’t really eat a whole lot, probably just some protein, like a couple of cups of cottage cheese, and a rice cake or a half of cup of brown rice, then he calls it day, and that is how he has maintained his boyish figga.

  25. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “If anything, I think that Jonah got encouragement from Brad and looked at how great Brad looks at almost 50”

    sort of what I was thinking, too. it was a movie about a sport (yeah, I know some ball players are tubby but most stay pretty fit) and he was working with a guy who’s 20+ years older and quite fit.

    so, I could see Hill looking at Pitt and thinking, “I should try to strive for a more healthy lifestyle”, and perhaps after he started eating better, Pitt may have given him some words of encouragement.

    I think that the Star story was a distortion or exaggeration of what actually happened.

  26. Hautie says:

    Okay, there was more than 40 pounds lost.

    And I am happy for him but I will be stunned if Pitt was actually mean to him. I just never saw Pitt as someone who would pick on a anyone in that manner.

    Well maybe a real brother… cause biological brothers will terrorize each other to the end of time. 🙂

  27. crtb says:

    I remember reading Jonah Hill telling Seth Rogen how he wasn’t funny any more since he lost weight. This should be interesting. Jonah Hill plays the same type of character in every movie because of his physical appearance. This will be a big challenge for him.

  28. Rhiley says:

    This is kind of mean, but now Jonah Hill looks like a fat Elijah Wood.

  29. Jen34 says:

    I do think Brad likes waif thin girls. I could have sworn I read an interview with Goop years ago where she was talking about her weight and said her boyfriend likes her thin. She was refering to Brad. Does anyone else remember this?

  30. Jag says:

    I think this was planted to continue the farce that he lost weight by eating well and exercising. Imo, the loose skin under his neck and his face betray the signs of having had gastric bypass surgery.

  31. TL says:

    Thats great but when are they ging to do a Superbad 2? You know in college. We need sooome MCCCLLLooooviiIIn

  32. Maritza says:

    Well I’m glad he did lose weight because he looks so much better now, I bet he’ll find himself a girlfriend soon.

  33. That girl says:

    The BS alarm is sounding off. JH does look awesome though. Good for him!

  34. lisa says:

    Jonah has had a longtime girlfriend for years. Some women are not that superficial

  35. SEF says:

    Brad clearly likes skinny, but if there’s even a grain of truth I’d believe the part about him having Jonah exercise with him and being helpful, not a biyotch like Gwyneth. Brad seems like a good buddy, not a mean girl.

  36. Kimble says:

    Jonah looks great, but I call RNY or Lapband and this is just a cover …

  37. Dizzybenny says:

    Johnah’s career is over!!
    There’s plenty of skinny funny dudes out there but not a whole lot of fat ones.
    Yes he was very over weight,he could have lost a few but not all of it.

  38. John Wayne Lives says:

    @ bros… that’s kinda what I was thinking. but seriously, guys call eachother things that would really hurt my girl feelers lol.

    @ brin… gahaha!! *wipes coffee off monitor* oh god, that was a laugh lol

  39. Az says:

    I hope Jonah doesn’t pull a Seth Rogen.

  40. girlwithapearl says:

    Her looks really creepy now he’s lost all the weight. Like a fat Tobey Maguire when he was in that creepy movie “Brothers.”

  41. Teresa says:

    40 pounds??? I would say at least 100 pounds lost.

  42. Mali says:

    Does anyone else think he looks way happier when he was chubbier? His smile is so fake in those skinnier photos…

  43. Chloe says:

    No, I actually think he looks happy.

  44. Laura says:

    I just thought he started doing a lot of coke, isn’t that how Hollywood types usually lose weight? But if he’s healthy now, good for him, although I actually think he looked better fat, now that you can see what his face looks like…it’s just…not good.

  45. Onyx XV says:

    I’m not used to his new look yet. I adored him fat, but healthier is probably better. Good for him!

  46. vanessa says:

    Maybe being around Brad Pitt made him realize he wants to be thin and get beautiful women…he looks so much better after the weight loss. I watched some of his movies and I was worried he was gonna be the fat guy, like Chris Farley was.

  47. hatsumomo says:

    Kudos for him getting healthy and all that jazz, but I don’t think he’ll get that many more roles anymore. he dropped his schtick and the roles will just go to another fatter person.

  48. werty says:

    I liked Jonah more when he was a litle bit chubby.
    And as others have pointed out, this story is problebly bs.

    But good on Jonah if he feels better with his current weight.

  49. hmm says:

    I don’t care about the story but I definitely think Brad pitt is part of the reason Angelina Jolie is so skinny. She rarely looks good these days at her weight and she seems less confident than back in the day. Oh well.

  50. Werty**You don’t call..You don’t write..

  51. dalicatalonia says:

    There goes his shtick.

  52. Mary Jane says:

    And this conversation prob went down after the two smoked a nice fattie and Jonah busted out the Entenmann’s…
    I’d prob rather hang with Jonah.

  53. Chris says:

    Being the fat side kick was his bread and butter. Now he can’t have bread and butter. Got health move bad career move.

  54. pwal says:

    Gimme a break… Brad is not responsible for Jonah’s weight loss, nor the physiques of his exes or currents. If haters/concerned ever bothered to look, they would know that Angelina always had slim limbs. The only time she didn’t was when she was doing the Tomb Raider movies. Even when she was pregnant, her limbs were thin, although her face was fuller.

  55. Chris says:

    @That’d be good health move. I shouldn’t post before I’ve had my coffee.

  56. ZenB!tch says:

    He wasn’t hot before and he’s not hot after so don’t care.

  57. CHRISTIAN_GIRL says:

    Tabloids don’t care that Jonah is on video talking about this very same subject of his dramatic weightloss because that won’t sell, but put Brad in there and we have a conversation piece.

    It’s either Brad MEANGUYED and SHAMED him into loosing weight, then bought him clothes (like JH has no money and needs another man to buy his clothes. Gift or no gift).

    Or Brad likes all his women SKINNY (they have no choice) of which Jonah is not now or ever been one of his women.

    Bad guy Brad, and poor Jonah, Angie etc can’t even EAT.

    This mess is meant to tickle someone’s ears. I am scared to know who is no longer buying into the NICE GUY Brad that ran for years until, well you know when.

    I know, I know someone turned Brad evil like someone is evil. Still too funny.

  58. DreamyK says:

    He looks odd. Uncomfortable. Not feeling it.

  59. Shy says:

    As for Jonah – I’m so proud of him. It’s always magic when obese and overweight people can lose so many weight and look normal. They prove that it’s possible. When you have will. You can lose weight, you can quit drugs, you can quit drinking. It’s hard but if you have will and desire then it’s possible. But all those lazy people say: “I tried all the diets. They don’t work”. And go and eat for ten every day when people in Somalia and other african countries are dying every day from hunger. While people who were lucky to be born in rich countries are eating themselves to death.

    And you know I have the feeling that Jonah lost all that weight because there were some medical problems and his doctors told him too.

  60. Sue says:

    Is it bad I prefer Jonah chubby? He needed to lose weight but I wish he had kept some of the weight. I don’t like the new look. He lost too much weight too fast.

  61. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Whatever his romantic preferences (about which I know or care not at all) leaned towards sylph-like ladies, these particular women didn’t lose weight to please their man, they lost it to please their boss, if that’s better. Hollywood, huh? No country for fat chicks.

  62. Marianne says:

    But how come if one person tells somebody overweight that they should be talking care of their body, they’re evil and hate fat people. But yet, if someone was telling an extremely skinny person that they should be taking care of themselves, they’re a concerned friend.

    Double standard much?

    Anyway, even skinny, Jonah Hill is unattractive to me. Plus I don’t find him funny either.

  63. VeneficaDelirium says:

    He looks good.

    I don’t think Brad Pitt has much of a sense of humor. So, I can’t even imagine him hanging out with Jonah Hill. I really don’t care for the movies Jonah Hill acts in, but maybe he won’t be typecasted as much and reveal his potential.

  64. LadyJane says:

    Some actors are fat. They look more like real people. You can’t have movies populated with only skinny, gorgeous people or it looks ridiculous. In saying that, it is more acceptable to be a fat male actor than a fat female actor. Another case of industry double standards. And if you are fat, you have to be funny.

  65. Sara says:

    I can’t get over how different he looks. He looks like a different person.

  66. Mrs. Odie 2 says:

    These stories all amount to “Did Brad Pitt motivate Jonah Hill to lose weight?” Then the story reveals “No, he did not.” It’s a misleading way of using headlines that is now standard practice for teasing a story. Even the nightly news does it.

  67. Danie says:

    If he did do that, he is a piece is sh*t.
    I do not understand the hate for non-skinny or non-athletic types. I mean, not everyone enjoys doing 50 push-ups all of the time. Who cares? As long as you feel pretty good.

  68. Danie says:

    Marianne…I get what you are saying here as someone who is fairly small and gets tired of family trying to fill me up with food constantly. lol. I eat often, but I do not put any chubs on. Not yet anyway.
    But the fact still is is that larger folks know they are large. They are aware. They are also not completely illiterate to not know what it takes for someone to trim down. They already know. They are well aware. Why keep “offering up advice.” It is the same as someone reminding me all of the time that my nose is not small. It’s been with me for quite some time. I see it every day in the mirror. Why do you feel the need to tell me? It’s just silly and creates a less than positive experience to the person you are “helping”, but really are just judging.
    Just my take.

  69. Very Telling says:

    This story is BS and I’m so sick of this Angie is skinny because of Brad BS.Angie was skinny pre Brad look at her movies with the exception of Lara Croft movies. She was skinny in Beyond Borders, Bone Collector, Taking Lives .She was heavier in Gia but since than she has been skinny.As for Jonah he said he lost weight to be healthier and for his role in 21 Jump Street. Jonah said he hired a trainer and nutritionist. BTW Moneyball wrapped in Oct Jonah didn’t start to lose weight until about 3 months ago from the pics I’ve seen.As usual the way to get web hits is to mention Brad or Angie.

  70. theaPie says:

    Interesting to see the permanent damage extra weight does to joints.

  71. mia says:

    i’m guilty of lecturing people about fat too…
    but i always wait for them to bring the topic up. if they talk about it to me they want my opinion, and i’m not going to tell them what they want to hear but what they need to hear.
    if they don’t talk to me about it, i will avoid that topic when i’m with them.

  72. Sakyiwaa says:

    @Rhiley. LMFAO! i think you’re totally on point. ive been thinking the exact same thing for awhile now.

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    He looks like a weak little metrosexual now.

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