Hill, who recently received his second Academy Award nomination, marveled at his fortune during his opening monologue, but was a little put off when audience members began asking questions about Leonardo DiCaprio instead.
“I call up Marty Scorsese, I say, ‘Marty its JH. I’m ready to get in the ring together.’ He says, ‘Finally,’” Hill explained after reaching his breaking point. “Then I say, ‘Should we get DiCaprio on board?’ And Marty says, ‘I don’t know if he can handle it. Sure, he’s a movie star and puts teenage girls in the seats. But we need a real actor like you.’”
Hill’s attitude quickly changed when DiCaprio joined him on stage, who scolded him and reminded him to be “humble” and “gracious,” because he’s a “real actor now.” Hill then made a special request of his 39-year-old co-star.
“Remember when we were on set and I’d great really nervous?” Hill asked. “Can we do the thing that we did every time? The thing that made me feel safe.”
Dicaprio reluctantly agreed, and embraced him while Hill spread his arms, a la “Titanic” with “My Heart Will Go On” playing on flute in the background.