Jesse Eisenberg apparently did not have a good time at the San Diego Comic-Con, and he had a few words to describe his experience.
According to Yahoo News, Eisenberg said in an interview, “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 further said, “Maybe on some cellular memory level, that’s the only thing that seems like an equivalent social experience.” He then goes on to say, “Even if they’re saying nice things, just being shouted at by thousands of people, it’s horrifying.”
Eisenberg was at the fan convention along with the cast of one of the most highly anticipated movies slated for a release next year, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” to promote the film. “The Social Network” actor stars as Lex Luther in the Man of Steel sequel, which also features Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.
On Tuesday morning, Eisenberg clarified his “genocide” comment in an interview alongside Jason Segel for the promotion of the upcoming film “The End of the Tour.”
“Maybe on some cellular memory level, that’s the only thing that seems like an equivalent social experience,” Eisenberg said. “Even if they’re saying nice things, just being shouted at by thousands of people, it’s horrifying.”
The actor further offered another clarification on Tuesday afternoon.
“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 a part of something that is appreciated so much.
“That people are excited about it in that way is unheard of and thrilling,” he said.
He further said, “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.”
In the End of the Tour, Eisenberg plays journalist David Lipsky who interviews author David Foster Wallace, played by Jason Segel, during Wallace’s promotional tour of his novel Infinite Jest.
At the premier of End of the Tour, Eisenberg said, “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. 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.”
According to Buzzfeed, Eisenberg has previously been criticized for his behavior in a press tour. During the promotion of “Now You See Me” (2013), he came across as a “jerk” in an interview with a reporter.
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