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Jonah Hill Says He Isn’t Really ‘Pissed Off’ in All Those Photos

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Actor Jonah Hill is probably best known as the very funny comic relief in many movies, from The Wolf of Wall Street to Superbad. But in candid paparazzi snaps, you’ll often find him far from laughter. In fact, he generally looks downright dour. So in a new profile for The New York Times, Hill clears the air about his facial expressions once and for all.

“I have resting b*tch face,” he explains in the profile. “I really do. It’s heartbreaking. I don’t mean anything by it.” He continues: “I know I look really pissed off, but I’m not.”

This “resting b*tch face,” or RBS as it’s colloquially known, is a standard (and standardly insupportable) complaint against figures in the public eye — especially women. Perhaps that’s why Hill appears extra-sensitive to slights against those of a female persuasion. In the profile, in which Hill and the Times reporter spend an afternoon playing ping pong, an attendant asks why Hill is losing at the ball game to the female reporter.

“That’s not a very feminist attitude, my friend,” Hill rebukes him.

You can see Hill’s latest display of RBS in a prank played by Leonardo di Caprio on the unsuspecting actor while chilling on a Manhattan street, or in the gallery of snapshots collected above.


Celebrity Sightings In Los Angeles - August 02, 2014
While walking an adorable dog in sunny Los Angeles, Hill still looks pretty grumpy.Bauer-Griffin—GC Images
"How To Train Your Dragon 2" Photo Call
At a photo call for "How to Train Your Dragon 2," Hill makes a grimace.Noam Galai—WireImage
BuzzFoto Celebrity Sightings In New York - September 01, 2015
Out and about in Manhattan, Hill doesn't seem too pleased by the summer heat.Josiah Kamau—BuzzFoto via Getty Images
Premiere Of Universal Pictures' "Hail, Caesar!" - Red Carpet
Even a caress from Channing Tatum doesn't get him to smile.Todd Williamson—Getty Images
Celebrity Sightings in New York City - June 17, 2016
Still with the RBS.Alo Ceballos—GC Images
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards - Show
While presenting at an awards show, Hill keeps it ice-cold.Kevin Winter—Getty Images
"Django Unchained" Press Conference In NY With Director/Screenwriter Quentin Tarantino, Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Don Johnson, And Jonah Hill
At a panel conversation, he lapses into RBS when not speaking.Donald Bowers—2012 Getty Images
Celebrity Sightings in New York City - July 13, 2016
Another day, another walk down a New York street, another frown.James Devaney—GC Images
Celebrity Sightings In Puerto Rico - December 11, 2013
Even frolicking off the coast of Puerto Rico can't make him smile — although in his defense, his co-stars also share the RBS.GV Cruz—WireImage

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