Jesse Eisenberg, whose reputation of portraying approachable villains like Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network is well-known, attended Comic-Con this weekend in San Diego and didn’t much care for it. Maybe that’s putting it mildly, like saying Eisenberg and Michael Cera look like they were separated at birth. Actually, Eisenberg floated the notion that Comic-Con is comparable to, uh, genocide.
Thousands of fans coming at you, whether they like you or not, is “terrifying,” according to the actor who in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be portraying a man (Lex Luthor) who finds fault in protecting the world. “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.”
Eisenberg’s comments came from a press tour of the film The End of the Tour. Co-star Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother), who has attended San Diego Comic-Con before, added, “Whether it’s positive or negative, it’s still a mob.” Maybe not a mob of Kryptonian criminals that Superman led to Earth, but still a mob.
True, it’s a bit of an insensitive, off-color remark, but this year has been pretty rich with actors saying dumb things. Let this just be another notch in the bedpost, like the ones Lex Luthor would etch in his jail cell for super criminals.