“It is like being screamed at by thousands of people,” Eisenberg told the Associated Press of Comic-Con on Monday while at “The End of the Tour” premiere. “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 clarified his comments later in the day while continuing to promote “The End of the Tour.”
“Maybe on some cellular memory level, that’s the only thing that seems like an equivalent social experience,” he told AP. “Even if they’re saying nice things, just being shouted at by thousands of people, it’s horrifying.”
The actor spoke to the Associated Press for a third time late Tuesday afternoon to elaborate further.
“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.”
Fans have since called the actor out on his comment. It’s no surprise that Eisenberg was a lighting rod for attention at the convention, though — he was there to promote one of the most highly anticipated movies of next year, Warner Bros.’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” in which he plays the evil Lex Luthor. The film debuted a trailer at the confab that has since generated a ton of buzz on the Internet, generating more than 18.6 million views on YouTube and 17.7 million views on Facebook.
“Batman v Superman,” also starring Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, is set to hit theaters on March 25. Eisenberg’s reps did not immediately respond to request for comment.