If I’m going to do a post that mentions genocide, I may as well include a picture of an adorable doggy throwing a look that says, “Disclaimer: I do not endorse the opinions and statements made by the human holding me.”
Jesse Eisenberg, Michael Cera’s understudy (or is Michael Cera Jesse Eisenberg’s understudy?), caused a hundred groans during the Superman v Batman panel at Comic-Con when he compared being at the nerd orgy to genocide. I don’t see why everyone was waving their pitchforks at Jesse since I can totally understand how “dealing” with a thousand screaming fans who are going to pay to see the movie you got a big check for is just like the mass slaughter of a people. Samesies, practically! But most people thought that the shit that came out of Jesse’s mouth was just that, so he tried to clarify his comment twice.
While promoting his new movie The End of the Tour during an interview with AP yesterday, Jesse double downed on his comment and once again said that Comic-Con is like genocide, but instead of being hit with weapons and shit, you’re hit with nice words from fans.
“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.”
That only turned the shit sandwich he made into a double-decker shit sandwich and I’m guessing Warner Bros. let him know that. Because later on in the day, he talked to AP again and said that he was only exaggerating and used a tool called “hyperbole” from his box of smart people devices, thankyouverymuch! (Side note: I don’t think there’s a dictionary in his box of smart people devices since he doesn’t know what “genocide” means.)
“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’ve been on the receiving end of movies that no one loves and no one anticipates. That’s worse, even though it’s a much quieter press tour.”
Jesse Eisenberg supposedly has social anxiety and OCD issues, so for him, being at Comic-Con is like me waking up in a CROC coffin to the sound of Goopy Paltrow reciting her articles from GOOP. It’s a night terror. But if major crowds fuck with your nerves, maybe signing up to do a movie with a gigantic built-in fan base wasn’t the best decision.
I was going to say that Jesse should’ve just said that he was trained by master method actor Jared Leto and so he’s doing all his appearances in character, but even Lex Luthor wouldn’t say that shit.