SDCC 2015: Jesse Eisenberg Clarifies


Yesterday news broke that Jesse Eisenberg – Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman – didn’t really enjoy his first Comic-Con experience. When asked about the experience, he said:

"It’s is like being screamed at by thousands of people. I don’t know what the experience is throughout history, probably some kind of genocide. I can’t think of anything that’s equivalent."

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Yeah, that ain’t good. Especially since that’s his audience now. That’s sure to make one very unpopular to his new target fanbase. Well, today he clarified what he meant by the statement to the AP.

"Maybe on some cellular memory level, that’s the only thing that seems like an equivalent social experience. Even if they’re saying nice things, just being shouted at by thousands of people, it’s horrifying. I of course was using hyperbole to describe the sensory overload I experienced. I sometimes do employ that. I’m a normal person who has normal sensory experiences, so Comic-Con was very overwhelming for me. That said, it was really an honor to be on that end of such jubilation… That people are excited about it in that way is unheard of and thrilling."

I get that Comic-Con is overwhelming and intimidating. Hell, I thought Harrison Ford was going to have a stroke his first time. But, being at that panel, I could tell he didn’t understand the whole Geek Culture thing at all. He’s one of those few holdouts from the past that thinks it’s ‘low art’ to do genre fiction. Which is weird, because I’ve seen Zombieland and Now You See Me. I just hope he comes around soon.

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