After earning an Academy Award nomination for "Moneyball" in 2011, Hill has delivered what many critics are calling an even more riveting turn as veneer-wearing Donnie Azoff in "The Wolf of Wall Street," directed by Scorsese — one of Hill's longtime cinema heroes.
"I wrote him a note when we wrapped the film and exchanged gifts, I wrote him a note about how grateful I was to be included in the movie and I said, 'Well, the rest of my life is just egg noodles and ketchup,' which is [the line] at the end of 'GoodFellas,'" he told MTV's Josh Horowitz on the "Wolf of Wall Street" red carpet. "Like, how do you compare any other work experience to working with Martin Scorsese for six months? It was just the greatest experience of my life."
Beyond Scorsese, "Wolf of Wall Street" put Hill on DiCaprio's radar. The two actors worked alongside each other for six months, becoming friends in the process.
"He had wanted me to be friends with him for years and I just kept denying his requests," Hill joked. "I didn't have time, to be honest."
Hill praised DiCaprio as "one of the most loyal people I've ever met" and "one of the most gifted people I've ever met in my entire life. He makes everyone around him a better actor." Indeed, Hill certainly feels like he's elevated his own game in "Wall Street."
"Honestly, I've never been so proud of something in my life," he said. "I've never been so proud of a performance. I've never been so challenged by a performance. It's a very dream-like [time] for me. It's hard to imagine it being a reality."
"The Wolf of Wall Street" is in theaters now.