The actor, who received an Oscar nomination for his role in the baseball drama, revealed that he simply sent director Bennett Miller a copy of the film Cyrus.
"I didn't audition," Hill told Deadline. "I showed Bennett Cyrus before it came out and that's what they cast me from."
He continued: "You know I was at the bottom of a list of actors who weren't known for their dramatic work."
Hill went on to say that Miller wanted to cast someone unusual in the role of Peter Brand.
"I knew Bennett socially and he knew I was eager to break out of whatever box I was in," Hill added. "As a respected filmmaker he wanted to make an unsuspecting choice."
Hill recently revealed that he will focus on dramatic roles for the foreseeable future.