Jonah Hill cannot contain his excitement about the thought of working with Leonardo DiCaprio again.
"We wanted to work together again and we have the same manager Rick Yorn. He was trying to find another project for us to act in together and the story of Richard Jewell came to us," he recalled.
"We were both so moved by it that it was something we both felt we had to do. I am beyond excited for it," he added.
Jonah is tipped to play the security guard, who was hailed a hero when he found a suspicious backpack in the Olympics grounds in 1996, but was vilified as a potential suspect days later. Leo is expected to play a lawyer, who helped Richard through his ordeal.
Jonah - who has received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor - admitted he hasn't prepared a winner's speech. The 30-year-old, previously nominated for Moneyball, is up against Jared Leto, Michael Fassbender, Bradley Cooper and Barkhad Abdi.
"The possibility of winning is so insane to me that it seems almost indulgent to write a speech," he said. "I guess I will, just in the one in a billion chance it would happen, just so I don't sound stupid, so I'll make sure to thank my mum and everything."
He added: "I figure I could just change a few of the names from the Moneyball speech."
The actor also revealed he would do anything for filmmaker Martin Scorsese.
"Martin Scorsese is my favourite director of all time. Money is never a concern to work with people like Martin Scorsese. I would paint his house if he asked me to."