Jesse Eisenberg calls genocide comment ‘hyperbole’

16 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Eisenberg tries to clarify ‘genocide’ comment.

Jesse Eisenberg has been called socially awkward, but his description of his experience at San Diego Comic-Con has people throwing another word around: jerk. “It is like being screamed at by thousands of people,” Eisenberg told the Associated Press Tuesday afternoon. “I don’t know what the experience is throughout history, probably some kind of genocide. That said, it was really an honor to be on that end of such jubilation.” The actor was at Comic-Con to promote Batman v Superman, in which he plays Lex Luthor. Further, talking about his latest release ‘End of The Tour,’ the actor said that he interviewed David Lipsky before playing his character and he taught him how to interview and how it felt like to be a journalist. Then later, when Puga took out a deck of cards so he could show a trick from his magic-themed movie, Eisenberg asked her, “Do you know the comedian Carrot Top?” Eisenberg, 31, is someone who understands the power of words.

Aside from writing two plays, “Asunscion” and “The Revisionist,” he’s got a whole catalog of work for McSweeney’s including “Bream gives me hiccups: Restaurant reviews from a privileged nine-year-old” and “A post gender normative man tries to pick up a woman at a bar.” Here’s the thing: no one likes press junkets. They’re part of the job, just like rubbing tinted moisturizer on your face before you walk a red carpet in borrowed clothes, pose for pictures and answer insipid questions while pretending it’s fun is also part of the job. It’s an event that revolves around the people who actually buy tickets and make Eisenberg’s career possible, and poor, tortured, prickly Jesse likened it to “genocide.” Not everyone can be Bryan Cranston or Tom Hiddleston or Jennifer Lawrence, who all have reputations for being good sports who love to interact with their fans. Like Eisenberg, Stewart wasn’t the biggest fan of the publicity game either (she told Marie Claire she took a lot of flack for not being “accessible, easy, and uncomplicated”), but she found a way to do it while still being herself.

If I didn’t know how something was going to turn out, I would make myself ill, or just be locked up or inhibited in a way that was really debilitating.”

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