Jesse Eisenberg Speaks Up on Genocide Comment


Well apparently Jesse Eisenberg heard all the ruckus about his comments and wanted to clarify to all those who misunderstood his statement. I did put out my own theory of what he might have meant as an actor of his quality is usually smarter than that. Jesse Eisenberg was at San Diego Comic Con as part of the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice panel, as he is playing Lex Luthor.

While promoting the new film End of The Tour Jesse spoke with the Associated Press about his experience at Comic Con, comparing it to Genocide, however, after a stream of news reports focusing on the comment he has once again spoken with The Associated Press to help clarify what he meant by his term of “Genocide”.

“I of course was using hyperbole to describe the sensory overload I experienced. I sometimes do employ that,” he said. “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.”

Eisenberg said it was “wonderful” to be involved in something that is so highly anticipated and loved.

“That people are excited about it in that way is unheard of and thrilling,” he said.

He added: “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.”

“You’re also the villain in the movie. There’s like a WWF-style theatrics to it,” added Segel, laughing.

Eisenberg also laughed.

“They expect me to use hyperbole!” he said. “If I didn’t I’d be the hero who usually speaks pretty practically.”

In “The End of the Tour,” Eisenberg plays David Lipsky, a journalist interviewing writer David Foster Wallace during the promotional tour for Wallace’s novel “Infinite Jest.” Segal plays Wallace.

“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.”

Eisenberg said Tuesday that he was referring to his journalist character in that moment.

What do you think about his comments? Do you think he is being honest or just back peddling?

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