When I saw Jesse Eisenberg in the trailer for American Ultra, I thought “wow, thank God he’s finally doing something lighter and somewhat silly.” When I saw Eisenberg in the Batman v. Superman trailer (he plays Lex Luthor), I thought “wow, he might be able to do justice to a menacing cartoon villain.” My point? I want to root for Jesse Eisenberg. I think he’s talented and before today, I always thought he had gotten a bad reputation in the press because he’s not a game-playing famewhore like most of the actors in his generation. But now… ugh, I’m not sure. Jesse was at Comic-Con over the weekend and he did not enjoy the experience. Instead of just shrugging it off and saying, “Hey, it’s not my cup of tea but it’s part of the job,” Eisenberg mouthed off to a media outlet about how the experience of Comic-Con was like “some kind of genocide.” Really?
Jesse Eisenberg‘s Comic-Con experience apparently wasn’t a joy. Eisenberg, who plays Lex Luthor in the upcoming “Batman v. Superman,” was at the massive San Diego convention last week with co-stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. In an interview Monday, he was decidedly negative about the experience.
“It 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,” he said.
Eisenberg spoke at the premiere of “End of the Tour,” with Jason Segel, about the release of David Foster Wallace’s novel “Infinite Jest.” Segel plays Wallace, while Eisenberg plays journalist David Lipsky.
“Yes I have never been on the other side, on your side of journalism. I have normally been the victim so I worked with the guy who I play, I play a real person, David Lipsky,” he said. “I interviewed him. He taught me how to interview and what his process is like and now I understand the pariahs that you guys are.”
So not only does he say that a fan convention of almost all harmless nerds and fans is like SOME KIND OF GENOCIDE, but he’s also calling all journalists “pariahs.” And he’s the “victim”? Well, let me add some kindling to his martyr complex: reading his words is like the Holocaust. His terrible attitude is like pedophilia. His sh-tty personality is like the death of the sun. And to those of you who like to play devil’s advocate – I can already feel the “it’s just hyperbole, you’re being mean!” arguments happening – who really says that Comic-Con is like SOME KIND OF GENOCIDE as hyperbole?
Here are some photos of Jesse facing down the genocidal fans at Comic-Con:
Photos courtesy of WENN, Getty.
Jesse, I do not think that word means what you think it means. A-hole.
Idiot! Do your job!
And in this case, Comic-Con was part of the job. If Holly Hunter and Jeremy Irons can suck it up, then grow a spine and deal. Ugh.
Seriously. He needs to do his job (promotion) and let the journalists do their job (keeping his name out there so he can get jobs). I can’t even think of how uncomfortable it would be to have some twat celebrity call you a pariah during an interview. Entitled, unprofessional moron.
I get the impression he thinks of himself as smart, which he really isn’t. There was this interview with a female reporter, remember? He’s just a douche. Maybe his parents told him he was smart cause he’s not attractive, or something.
Ha! I was watching Zombieland last night and I realized that the only time I like this guy is when he’s in a movie, he’s a major douche-canoe otherwise..
Why is Mia Wasikowska with him? Run, girl!
Douche canoe is one of my favorite phrases.
And he looks so morose too… man… who peed in his cheerios that morning?
He always annoyed the f*ck out of me, both on screen and off, until the lovely Eve clued me in on his cat love. Admittedly, I softened my stance after that.
This reminds me of when Carey Mulligan was with Sia. I was like WHY CAREY??!! Same goes for Mia. WHY MIA?!
I’m not into comic books but my bestie is so I attended with him last year. It was freaking awesome. We had a blast doing things like admiring other attendees costumes, talking to strangers about their favorite characters and storylines, spotting movie stars, checking out comic book merchandise of every kind, and not judging people for coming together in celebration of a mutal interest. I guess that kind of joy is too intellectually low brow for Jesse.
Why are some of these people in show business if it is so stressful and intrusive to them. There are many many different occupations they could have chosen that pay well and lets them be anonymous. Why go into a profession that requires you to interact with huge numbers of people if it is so emotionally taxing.
Thank. You. Lisa. These actors who act so put upon by a profession they CHOSE to enter are a$$holes. Plain and simple.
Yes this! It’s the job you signed up for! You don’t like it, quit you pretentious a-hole
He is part of the list of a**hole actors and singers list along with Shia Lebeuf, Justin Beiber and Ariana Grande. All of these pretentious and smug people I really don’t like.
He and Kristen Stewart really sound made for each other. She’s always harping on how much the industry is full of assholes and douche canoes but loves the f out of Jessie. Really, they are one and the same.
thing is, I can sympathise with finding it stressful. yes, they choose to be in this profession, BUT it’s still totally justified to like their job but not the promotion aspect of it, many actors don’t.
however, they should still be gracious about it, because they have it bloody good. that’s what bugs me in this guy, not the fact he doesn’t like it very much, that’s fine, but that he can’t even be polite about it.
also, whether he uses “genocide” as hyperbole or not, it’s still an ungracious, unfunny comment. i wish he’d just shut up, tbqh.
Agreed. I feel like the promotional grind would be exhausting and stressful on a lot of levels, but they still need to STFU and have some grace about it.
This! It’s a part of the job. One of the few downsides to a job where you get paid millions and get a ton of perks to essentially play dress up. Do something else if promoting the work is so awful. I love people like The Rock and Hugh Jackman. They know it’s part of the job, never ever complain, and seem to be up for almost anything.
The Rock was the 1st thing to come to mind reading this. It’s not that bad. Stop complaining!
These people take time off from work, spend loads of money to dress up. And all to see the actors of their brought to life comics. If he can’t deal with people excited to see his work he needs to leave.
I never found anything likable about him.
Perhaps he could go act in community theatre, where he can be anonymous forever. Doesn’t pay well, but hey, trade offs you know?
What an idiot.
I’ve read this suggestions a couple times in the last few days. Yes, PLEASE! Go off and act and be creative somewhere that you can live anonymously AND where we don’t have to be subjected to your miserable face if we don’t want to!
I think he has some kind of anxiety disorder that makes promotion awful for him and I don’t think he should feel like he can’t act in movies because of that so I’ve always been sympathetic but c’mon, he’s Lex Luthor, what did he expect? I have seen a lot of people talking crap about Afflect because of his rings shenanigans and how miserable he looked but at least he was gracious and intelligent when talking about the project, ya know?
To Skedaddle: I agree with you totally. For someone with an anxiety disorder that weekend would have been seven layers of hell. And he would have come off better with the public if he had addressed it from the personal level instead of blaming all the fans for “screaming his name.”
I too, do not do well with loud noise. That kind of screaming noise would have caused a melt down in me. Someone would have found me curled in the fetal, under a table with my fingers my ears. The fire alarms in my apartment building go off for no reason on a regular basis. It feels like someone is jamming spikes in my ears. I now keep these little spongy ear plugs all over my apartment so I can plug up the minute it goes off. Unless you’ve experienced it yourself you really cannot understand how awful It is.
So I can easily forgive him for choosing such a poor way to express his discomfort. He was probably stretched to the point of snapping by the end. Hopefully he’ll find some good ways to deal with his anxiety, taking responsibility for it being HIS problem and not everyone else’s fault.
Oh but they just went with their passion! They’re artists who answer a creative calling and if they cannot act THEY WILL DIE!
It’s entitlement and stupidity, nothing else. Nobody likes every aspect of their job but we suck it up and move on. That’s life. I suspect Hollywood f*cks with anyone’s mind if you’re there long enough though. This isn’t even the paparazzi/privacy issue, this is an official part of shooting and promoting a movie. I always wish that the veterans of the business would put their foot down and tell these idiots to be quiet. Holly Hunter is right there! Slap him, Holly, please do us a favor. Or maybe Jeremy Irons, HH might be too classy.
ETA: Maybe not Jeremy Irons. *sigh* Is there nobody who will reign the children in?
hahaha, i wish holly would slap him too.
Yes! Entitlement for daaaaaays
Someone I used to go to church with worked in the music industry here in Nashville. She worked closely with Shania Twain for a while and said Shania always hated doing the promotional stuff for her music. She said all Shania really enjoyed doing was writing and singing her songs and dreaded the radio and television interviews that was part of the business, but realized in order to get her music listened to, it was what she had to do. She was and is a professional, unlike so many of these entitled and arrogant “celebrities.” Genocide, Jesse? Really? SMH
I don’t know but I am sick of them comparing it to genocide, stalking, rape, murder, etc. Knock it off actors. You work like 4 damn months out of the year. Quit bitching.
Totally agree, so many stupid offensive analogies…
Because maybe they’re really good at it, it’s their dream and they don’t want to let something like social anxiety or being an introvert keep them from that? It’s great when people are bubbly and grateful for ALL that comes with the job but some people just aren’t cut out for this segment of it.
Yeah but they could do theatre instead. All the acting, hardly any fandom. They secretly HAVE TO want the fame.
but being polite is something different! you don’t even have to be bubbly, just be gracious and polite.
@pinetree13 : or just do more indie films.
Im sure the people of Rwanda and Serbia, or the Jewish community who lived through WW2 might have something to say about that Jesse…
Unless……do they give the attendees guns and machetes and let them at the stars? I’ve never been so I can’t say….If so, Comic Con really isn’t what I thought it was.
What do you mean the people of Serbia? Serbia was the one who did the agression in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo.
I know he has OCD, so it might be difficult for him, but considering the anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide was a few days ago, this is in very poor taste.
Sorry I meant the people who were affected by the genocide by Serbia . I typed quickly in anger.
My thoughts exactly. Srebrenica’s 20th commemoration was literally less than a week ago. Bodies and remains from that genocide are STILL being discovered and buried – 150 or so this year alone. Get the fffffff out, Jesse!
I get it.
There’s a link. Both have large amounts of bodies put in a primary/central location and sometimes tightly packed together. Only 1 is full of people wanting to be there and the others are there because they were victims of mass murder and were left.
What happened exactly with Serbia? I’ve never understood why they decided to kill all the residents of their three neighboring countries. Is that why they were bombed? Was that what they did in WW2 too? They were the same side as Germany right?
Croatia was on the samw side as Germany. The Independent state of Croatia was a dictatorship and not elected, but officially thhey were on the side of Germany.
Then there were the Yugoslav partisans, who were the most effective anti-Nazi resisstance movement in Europe. They were from all republics in later Yugoslavia. The leader, Josip Broz Tito was Croatian.
The Serbian Chetnicks were against Germany in the beggining, but collaborated woth them later against the partisans.
The wars in the 90s happened because Croatia and Bosnia wanted independamce, and the Serbs didn’t let them.
There is the idea of “Great Serbia” that stems from Ilija Garasanin that says that everyone in the region are in fact Serbs and that their territories are Serbian. That’s where some of the fanatism comes from.
The.bombing of Serbia was done by NATO because of Kosovi.
“… they decided to kill all of the residents of their three neighboring countries.” Wow, talk about oversimplification. The Srebrenica Massacre is a product of the civil war in Bosnia (remember almost half of the Bosnian population is Serb). Srebrenica was a UN protected zone, and the muslims would abuse this protection by attacking nearby Serbian villages and then retreating into the protected zone. This was tolerated for a short while, but then the Serb forces overtook the area (UN forces didn’t do much protection wise) and it resulted in around 8,000 men and boys murdered. Inexcusable and a great tragedy, but it was a civil war, with people divided by religious groups, and you can’t just say the Serbs decided to kill everyone. It was a war in which everyone had faults.
As for Croatia, in WW2 they was a fascist state, and had concentration camps for minorities — mostly Serbs, so there is quite a history between the two. Just google “Jasenovac.” Around 700,000 Serbs, Jews and Roma people were killed in that camp only by the Independent Croatian State. For some curious reason, that was never pronounced to be a genocide. Srebrenica, with 8,000 men killed (women and children were mainly deported), is known in the world as a genocide. Not saying it shouldn’t be, but the double standards disgust me.
I’m just trying to show that it’s a lot more complicated than people see it. I hate using this paranoid, conspiracy-theory tone, but the Western media is quite biased — probably because Bosnia was a huge NATO fail, and it’s easier to focus on Serbian aggression than their own actions.
OK. Rant done.
What about American Indians?! Where Democratic President Andrew Jackson offered 500 dollars for every Indian nose cut off by US Calvary? Or where American Indians’ women’s breast where cut off and used a ‘purses’? Maybe is USA had a Indian History month the Americans would be more educated about other Races in this country.
Stfu you privileged tw@t!
Eta, I hate myself for this, but I find him hot, ugh.
Hot? He looks basic to me.
I know guys. I don’t have much control over the douches that turn me on which is probably why I’m single, sigh.
And his voice is the worst.
Lk..I think he sounds like a squirrel on crack
He has zero sex-appeal. He was actually the worst actor in that BvS trailer.
i don’t find him hot, and his shitty attitude doesn’t help in making him more attractive.
We all have our shame bangs Bengal. I can’t judge. A skeevy looking Jude Law is mine.
All I can do is give a nod and a shoulder shrug.
@FLORC, Thank you!!
Yes. The aim of Comic Con is to wipe all pretentious and precious actors off the planet. Poor victim.
He’s obviously been coached by his American Ultra costar, Kristen Stewart. 👀
recently she’s way more polite than he is, which is saying a lot since she’s not very polite at all.
Not interested in American Ultra as a movie, but the press tour?!?! Eisenberg and Stewart. That has the potential to be a true disaster… literally. 😉
And just wait for the press tour to promote that Woody Allen movie they are also both staring in…with the added bonus of Bruce Willis.
Press tour a**holes 1,2&3 at your service!
If he seriously thinks that a genocide is “like being screamed at by thousands of people,” he needs to visit Auschwitz or Dachau, learn some history, and sit the f*ck down.
Cheesus Crust! My new favorite!
This dick right here. I find him so grating and talentless. If he’s cast in something, I avoid it because he plays the same person in everything.
I haven’t seen TSN. Has he been in anything worth my time? He just seems like such a turn off.
He starred in Zombieland with Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone. Fantastic movie!
I’m not even going to comment about what he said…that was beyond idiotic, not to mention extremely insensitive.
I really liked Roger Dodger back in the day, but he was his usual generic nerd in that and Campbell Scott was The main Attraction….
Zombieland was a great movie. And it was carried by Woody!
Without him that movie… I dare not wonder.
Seriously studios, tell some of your douchier actors/actresses to NOT make the trip.
It’s a convention, it’s entire premise is about getting large groups of people with a common interest into one place. If that freaks you out (freaks me out, I’m not crazy about mega-crowds) then you DON’T come.
i think they must do it bc of their contracts, promoting films in conventions is part of it.
still, it’s completely fine for him (or anyone) not to enjoy it, just don’t be over dramatic about it. a shrugged “it was all right” would probably work way better than calling it a genocide.
Nah. They don’t have to conventions like this. They basically just have to do the big network/entertainment outlets and they are good. Plus, I’m sure he can negotiate that part of his contract by now.
It really is that simple.
I’ve said this about Kristen Stewart, and now I’ll say it about Jesse: if the attention and celebrity and big paydays are such a nightmare, quit. Go do theatre in some podunk midwest town if the art is all you’re after. These whiners act like someone’s forced them into taking high-profile jobs, and it makes me want to heave.
Exactly. Plenty of actors do the work but the roles they pick are designed so they have to do minimum promotion and publicity and then they disappear between jobs.
The likes of this cock knocker who takes a role in a HUGE comic book franchise and then bitches about having to attend a comic con can just go kiss a donkeys left nut.
Effing twat. Grow up. Jeremy irons is a freakin pro that’s been around since JE was in leaky diapers… Doin his job!!
His new film The End of Tour looks kind of interesting.
*The End of the Tour.
I very curious- saw a trailer of this last night, and all I could see was Jesse E acting the same as he ever does. I thought he was good in The Social Network, but nothing much else. And American Ultra- as my luck would have it, saw the trailer for this also at the theater. It was Adventureland reunion- KS’ hair is even dyed the same. And if there is a PR person dumb enough to send these two out on a press tour, those folks need another job!
This child has a face that bugs the ever loving crap out of me. Evidently, he has a brain to match the face. I agree with most of what Goats said above: if it’s so tedious to do this part of your job, find a similar job that doesn’t have this requirement. (The unnecessary midwest slam is what I disagree with).
Not slamming the Midwest at all. I happen to be from a podunk town myself. My point was that he could seek work as far away from Hollywood and New York and all that goes with it if he were truly so inclined.
If your only money making skill is saying the words other people have written than you probably should refrain from using your own.
Dayum! Nicely done.
Go to bed Jesse.
I’m tired of people trying to find excuses for the shit he and his friend Kstew say. You can have social anxiety AND be a polite, nice person. Actually, most people with social anxiety are not a-holes.
Yep, my friend is with a guy she claims has a social anxiety. He does not, he’s just a rude a-hole whose behaviour towards her family and friends she tries to explain away.
Ive worked with a number of people who genuinely do, and the are nothing like him.
@jenna, thank you! I have had anxiety my entire life and take meds for it. Had he said something like “I’m an anxious person, but I’m glad to be part of this…” people would understand. Anxiety is horrific, but comparing it to genocide is super f@cked up.
Didn’t Chris Evans say something like that? About anxiety making him uncomfortable at the conventions? I don’t recall any genocide comparisons, though. He just admitted he’s anxious and neurotic.
Evans did say the anxiety and pressure of the Capt. America role put him in therapy. That there was pressure to the film, character legacy, and fans. And he was right. There is a lot that goes with these iconic characters.
Exactly. Besides, if your social anxiety is so bad that you end up saying that kind of stupid and offensive stuff maybe don’t sign up for a movie called “Batman vs Superman”? I mean, it’s crazy how people are so interested in a major blockbuster,right?
i don’t think you should let social anxiety rule and not take certain projects because of it, but ita that’s absolutely not a reason to be a rude.
Great point, Jenna. Thank you. I’m very socially anxious at times, and I overthink things so much that I usually go out of my way to be MORE polite than I need to be. Pretentious douchery and social anxiety are two separate disorders.
Yes! I have anxiety, and while it has made me uncomfortable, lightheaded, and sweaty, it has never made me compare my job to genocide. I can’t give him or KStew a pass on this kind of behavior.
He has said he has OCD, which often has overlapping symptoms with sensory processing disorder (and anxiety disorders and autism). Regardless, what an unbelievably insensitive thing to say. Toss in some narcissism with the OCD?
I guess Jesse doesn’t watch sports? Because to me it is more like that in terms of people screaming and cheering. Dumb ass
Yeah, or perhaps entering a gladiator ring with people screaming for blood if he was trying to be a little more evocative. The genocide thing doesn’t even work as a metaphor.
This squeaky little mouse is playing Lex Luthor. Yeah, OK.
I never liked this idiot and I never found him talented. I wonder how he will feel if thousand of screaming nerds decide not to watch this mess of a movie. Pretentious twat, don’t make movies based on comics then…
ps: Is he dating Mia W.? At first I thought she was shy, but for every single interview she was just not there there… If it wasn’t for Tom and Jessica, real pros, it would’ve been a promo fiasco.
what do you mean she was not there? she seems nice enough, although shy.
She was there only physically, her mind was somewhere else. If she is shy she needs to do some therapy or coaching, so she knows how to sell her movie and look in the eyes of the interviewers and the co-stars when she is talking. Whether she is nice or not, She is not a newbie and she knows selling a movie is part of her job.
uhm, ok. i don’t have an issue with her finding it difficult and I don’t think shy people need therapy. it’s just who they are, after all. as long as she isn’t rude (and I don’t believe she is?) I don’t see the problem.
her boyfriend, on the other side, could do with being coached on how not to be totally obnoxious.
Mia is extremely shy and at the panel, most of the questions weren’t directed at her for that reason. During the group interviews, she did her part with the other two actors gently shielding her, as one does for a friend you know is painfully shy.
Jesse’s problem may be that, in addition to the screaming and shouting, his girlfriend spent the day discussing sex scenes with Tom Hiddleston and repeatedly saying what a lovely man he is.
Well, she needs to stick with Indie movies then… I feel for shy people. But I would expect an established actor to know how to present him/herself well and sell the movie. She is not a child to be shielded by her co-stars…
she’d probably be better off with tom. I’m not fan on his, but anyone’s better than jesse, and at least tom’s attitude is much better.
@Miss M I think it will just take time for Mia to become more comfortable with interviews, Nicole Kidman is also a very shy person, as is Eva Green and they both managed to become more comfortable with the promoting side as their careers progressed. Comic con is also just a very intense experience quite unlike anything else, and as far as I know it was Mia’s first time.
Most of what we saw for CPeak were group interviews (and being in SDCC darling Tom’s company must’ve made it even more of a circus). Heck, back at the Cannes panel for Lawless in 2012, Mia barely spoke. She is far better in one-on-one situations; her recent FilmComment interview is a hell of an example.
The people judging Mia for her SDCC behavior are more than likely witnessing it for the first time, given how low profile she is. Tom and Jess are bigger names and personalities. But yeah, there were a few times where (at least I thought) she appeared distracted about something.
Mia was sort of useless, but at least she wasn’t offensive. I can tolerate someone being a shrinking violet at Comic Con, especially if it’s a first time appearance and there are more savvy costars to assist. Being a jerk is in a different category.
True. I may have been projecting since she dates an offensive idiot… I hope this was the first and less experience at a comic con conventions for both of them. Go work on Indie movies!
That makes him sound like a pretentious douche.
Genocide. It’s a miracle both he and his girlfriend Mia survived the experience. Now they can make a movie about it together.
Oh, please. Don’t drag Mia into this.
She handled her Comic Con discomfort with WAY more class than JE did.
Oh my God. He’s a male Kirsten Stewart isn’t he? If it’s such a terrible burden then walk away. Nobody is forcing him to do this.
OK, I’m usually the first to trot out and defend celebs’ use of metaphors / similes in these situations, but Jesse dude, no. I’ll go to bat for you if you say your marriage is a prison or your co-star is a monster, but getting yelled at by fans is like genocide? Who with the what? Either this was delivered in a jokey tone that we’re all missing, or Jesse needs a dictionary intervention.
The hyperbole doesn’t bother me. It’s the fact this guy has fans willing to scream at him. Or were they simply screaming to arouse signs of life out of him?
ETA: From a fashion CSI perspective, I’m fascinated by the curls which are plastered against his head.
Perhaps his hair is recoiling from the thoughts in his head?
I was thinking it was somehow a Trump technique. It’s so curly and yet it looks swabbed on.
ETA: it is sort of pulled from the back to the front with no part.
disappointed to read this.
i think he’s multi-talented and i’ve enjoyed all of his work.
wonder what’s up with him.
on another more tantalizing note.
i’m loving the way gal gadot is leaning into and on affleck.
I do wonder if these actors do it on purpose to be in the spotlight or are just THAT stupid, ignorant and self-centered.
Women who compared being papped to being raped, fake idiots who say that acting is stupid while acting as a primary job, people who brag about wanting to have a normal life and then complain whenever they are treated like normal people, people who bitch about promoting and then complain if the audience doesn’ t like them, actors who defend criminals or potentially dangerous people, people who have no freaking clue about life outside of their privileged bubble and have no intention of learning anything while at the same time thinking that they have the right to insult/advice peasants about the facts of life, people who say that blockbusters are stupid and then star in multiple franchises…
Are they this hypocrital or are they just stupid? Don’ t they have a freaking pr team that tells them to not be twats of this level in public? Especially if they cannot allow themselves to be like this?
I mean, does this guy actually think that he is some big star and that people are going to pass over his stupidity just because he’ s so good and so beloved?
The Batman v. Superman PR agent is going to need to start classes for this bunch, like, tomorrow.
I guess they don’t need Jesse that badly; Affleck will recover the charm if he lays low post-divorce. Turns out Henry Cavill can still be charming as hell (watch the Man from Uncle stuff from the same day with Armie Hammer. Much more appealing). Maybe Jesse won’t have to be put through the horrid trauma of press appearances.
Actors are so dramatic. Guess that’s why they are actors. Everything is a great tragedy. The people who know about real tragedy and genocide would never make stupid comparisons like that in public.
Eisenberg is the male Kristen Stewart: both use big words whose meaning they don’t understand to sound deep, complex and intellectual. The effect is hilarious and lame, instead of deep and complex.
Ugh I have never liked this curmudgeon. Can he just be replaced with Michael Cera?
idk what were they thinking when they got him as lex luthor, he’s so miscast.
Well, Michael Cera rep is pretty bad as well. There was a reason he career just went away.
unless you are native american – people born in the United States should not use the word genocide to describe any experience EVER. It is one thing we are extremely lucky to have never experienced (and probably never will) and are unqualified to discuss with anything but empathy and compassion. basically f**k jesse eisenberg
Please, for the love of God, get over yourself!
If he didn’t like the experience of ComicCon, fine. That’s his right. But to express his dislike in such a manner is beyond rude towards all the people who literally pay him to have these opportunities in life.
And to compare it with genocide … Does he even fully understand what the word means? It was not just something silly or stupid one might accidentally say. Using a comparison like this needs to be backed up, otherwise it’s just a terrible insult for so many people.
Oh, ugh. For some reason I want to like this guy, but rich celebrities who compare parts of their jobs to things like rape or genocide need to stop saying words. I’m sure these people go through things that aren’t fun, but get some damn perspective. Or just walk away if it’s really so intolerable.
His father was one of my professors in grad school. He wasn’t very impressive either…that’s all I’ve got. Oh, and Jesse, please STFU.
What a jerk.
I agree it’s douchey, but in context he also says he doesn’t know what to compare it to. As an extrovert I can’t really identify, and it was a bad choice, but not as egregious as it’s being portrayed.
I think he and Kristen Stewart like to think they are above this kind of thing. Everything is so deep and serious and meaningful, it is silly. It’s an event designed to get people excited about the movie, designed to get people screaming and clapping and jumping. Yes, I am sure it is was bizarre and uncomfortable, but it is a positive thing and comes from excitement and love for the project. A little humor goes a long way.
The english language consists of many words. Saying comic con was like anarchy would have been a better word.
Someone up top said he could have compared it to a sporting event.
Wasn’t he the Pepsi girl? Isn’t he use to this kind of fame?
Why do these people (“celebrities”) think everyone cares about what they think? Every time I read something like this I want to yell “STFU and just do your JOB.”
People DO care what these actors think, or else promotion would never be necessary.
Way to go, Jesse – piss off the nerds!
Now I am wishing that he’d never gotten the role of Lex Luther…if he didn’t wish to be a part of a nerdy fandom, then he picked the wrong role. From what I’ve seen, most actors that have the opportunity, are delighted to be a part of CC.
I also wanted to root for JE, but that is over now. He’s a pompous ass.
I get not liking the promotional aspect of your job esp., if you have social anxiety. But if it’s part of your freaking job, you suck it up and do your best. But noooo instead of making an effort to be polite at the very least , he decides to show active contempt. Cock-knocker!
Shout out to the poster who first used that term.
What I don’t understand about Eisenberg, Stewart and their ilk, methaphysically disgusted by the unpleasant aspects of their job, is why they don’t give their place to equally talented actors who are more enthousiastic about the movie promotion side of the job.
Meanwhile, they can go for a time perhaps in a Buddhist monastery, to cure their metaphysical contempt for being a millionaire famous actor through meditation and fasting.
Stewart actually seems to have done that, or at least she is only doing indie movies these days. Eisenberg is welcome to do the same. Or the monastery would work, because I don’t care for his acting much, either.
Jesse…I know it’s work and doing press must be a grind but, DUDE, you got to go to Comic Con!
No. Absolutely not. And the usual excuses don’t even apply to this one. Sure, maybe he did have social anxiety. He was also a 30-year-old man with an Academy Award when he accepted the Lex Luthor role. There’s no way he didn’t know what he’d signed up for, and he’s had 6 months to prepare to say something non-offensive. He could have managed to choke out that he doesn’t really like Comic Con and found the experience scary without using offensive language like genocide or calling himself a victim.
He doesn’t have an academy award.
Sorry, I meant nomination, which he does have for The Social Network. Lazy proofreading.
“being screamed at ” by thousands of people is like genocide?? You fool. Try millions of people screaming while they die slowly, watching their family and friends die in horrible ways with them. That’s genocide.I’m so disgusted. So disgusted! I could see if he said it was overwhelming or something. Whatever, you privileged toad. Get over yourself.
Sensitiviness aside the hyperbole just makes no sense. How are excited nerds shouting questions similar to nazis murdering thousands of people!?
It makes perfect sense to pursue fame and then complain bitterly when you achieve it. The poor martyr.
I’d love to watch a movie of this ass made to repeat his comments while looking survivors of the Holocaust, Rwanda and Srebrenica in the eyes. I’d rather pay money to see him schooled by their responses than watch a movie of his.
A friend of mine lost 34 members of his family in Srebrenica genocide. I think this entitled a**hole should go there and see all the graves to understand what a genocide truly means.
He’s Jewish. Pretty sure he knows what it means.
Actors of fully Jewish background: Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julian Morris, Adam Brody, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Margarita Levieva, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Corey Stoll, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Eric Balfour, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy.
Andrew Garfield and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are Jewish, too (though I don’t know if both of their parents are).
Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers: Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Joaquin Phoenix, River Phoenix, Emmy Rossum, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Sofia Black D’Elia, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable, Ryan Potter.
Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Winona Ryder, Michael Douglas, Ben Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron, Jonathan Keltz, Paul Newman.
Oh, and Ansel Elgort’s father is Jewish, though I don’t know how Ansel was raised. Robert Downey, Jr. and Sean Penn were also born to Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers. Armie Hammer and Chris Pine are part Jewish.
Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism: Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.
Pretty sure he doesn’t .
This guy has some type of personality disorder.
SDCC is kind of a feeding frenzy for nerds and such a zoo. The celebrities (especially those in Marvel movies) need tight security to get around, it must feel like you’re locked in a cage. I would definitely hate it but it definitely does not compare to a genocide.
It drives me nuts when people casually throw around a term like “genocide” when describing a perfectly safe first world experience that made them uncomfortable. Gee, Louise! Get a grip. Gain some perspective. And while you’re at it, how about being friggin’ grateful that you have absolutely no idea what it’s like to be in the middle of an actual genocide. I’m pretty sure that any Somali, for example, would tell you that they would very happily spend a week at Comic Con instead of watching everybody they know being murdered, thank you very much.
I know that comic con probably can be overwhelming for some introverts out there. But, i do not feel the least bit bad for this guy. What did he expect when he signed on to do a big comic book movie? Did he not think comic con would want a comic book movie as part of their panel? It’s not like he’s new to the business. He has to know what would be expected from him of doing a movie of this size/nature. If he’s the kind of guy that doesn’t like doing press or press of this size, then he shouldnt have signed on plain and simple. You can’t have cake and eat it too Jesse.
This ungrateful bastard. I hope he never works on a comic movie again. How rude and insulting to the fans. He is playing one of the biggest villains in comic history and he can’t even pretend to enjoy it? Smfh. And you compare it to genocide?! I can’t stand this new generation of actors. Just zero class.
Dude’s got Aspberger’s – give him a break. He always puts his foot in his mouth in interviews.
Um no. Not an excuse for poor choice of words.
That is not an excuse and his “clarification” seals it. He was just being rude and entitled. Evans and Renners Sorry, Not Sorry took more fault.
What a tool. Maybe you shouldn’t be a movie star if you can’t handle fans cheering?? Loser.
omfg I can’t deal with this whiny little worm. Seriously go away if it’s all so taxing, stop being an arrogant pr*ck to every reporter you meet you entitled a**!
I’ve gone to Comic Con many times and while it can be overwhelming with the sheer number of people there, I doubt this douchenozzle had to wade through the throng of fans on the convention floor. Boycotting him now because. 🙂
NASA, please deposit this whiny, snot on Pluto, ASAP!
I’ve known this guy was a horrible person ever since an interview of his came out where he was completely rude and condescending to the interviewer. It was some teen show and the girl interviewing him was pretty immature but damn, he really came out of the whole thing looking like an utter, utter jerk.
I think you do not know what that word means.
OOOOOOOH think of the reaction from the crowd when he goes back next year!!!
It’s going to be awsomeeeee!!!