Jonah Hill has confirmed that he will be taking a step back from promoting films, to protect his mental health.
Along with confirming the arrival of his upcoming film Stutz in the next few months, the actor has released a statement, revealing that appearing at public events and media appaerances have "exacerbated his mental health", causing him to have "anxiety attacks".
He also revealed that Stutz will be showcased at a "prestigious film festival this fall".
Directed by Hill, Stutz is a documentary about the actor and his therapist, while also exploring the issues of mental health in general.
"The whole purpose of making this film is to give therapy and the tools I've learned in therapy to a wide audience for private use through an entertaining film", the statement read.
"Through this journey of self-discovery within the film, I have come to the understanding that I have spent nearly 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks, which are exacerbated by media appearances and public facing events".
"However, you won’t see me out there promoting this film, or any of my upcoming films, while I take this important step to protect myself".
"If I made myself sicker by going out there and promoting it, I wouldn’t be acting true to myself or to the film."
Hill also hopes that Stutz would normalise talking about and acting on mental health issues.
"I usually cringe at letters or statements like this but I understand that I am of the privileged few who can afford to take time off," Hill added.
"I won’t lose my job while working on my anxiety"
"With this letter and with Stutz, I’m hoping to make it more normal for people to talk and act on this stuff. So they can take steps towards feeling better and so that the people in their lives might understand their issues more clearly".
"I hope the work will speak for itself and I’m grateful to my collaborators, my business partners and to all reading this for your understanding and support".