Jesse Eisenberg Says Comic-Con Was Like ‘Some Kind of Genocide’

Jesse Eisenberg Comic-Con Genocide
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UPDATE: No one has ever accused San Diego Comic-Con of being a calm affair, but Jesse Eisenberg had an interesting choice of words in describing last weekend’s convention.

“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.

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  1. Hazy says:

    The comparison doesn’t make sense, but any excuse to whip out his thesaurus will due.

  2. monsinyana says:

    By his description I think it would be more akin to the crowd yelling as the Emperor decides someone’s fate at The Colosseum (aka the Flavian Amphitheatre) .. if we’re talking cellular memory level that is >_>

  3. LOL, love all these people deciding someone is a douche by that person making a mistake in what they are trying to say. I know I personally fumble what I mean to say at least once a day and that is in the grocery store talking to the deli lady or in an elevator talking to a neighbor.
    If you are human, you probably say something stupid at least once a day and you are not having to answer questions all day long from people looking for you to make a mistake.
    A friend of mine was the script supervisor on one of his films and she said he was sweet, sensitive, considerate, well spoken and very smart, probably the smartest actor she has ever met and she has worked on tons of films with lots of big stars.
    A smart guy tried to make an intellectual point about an overwhelming experience and it did not come out right. Next time I am sure he will try and keep simple, “dude, it rocked, a little scary, but it rocked!!’. Get over it.

  4. Mike says:

    He couldn’t think of ANYTHING equivalent to Comic Con except genocide? He is such an ass.

  5. Jeff says:

    Putting aside the political incorrectness of equating ComicCon with genocide, the comparison simply doesn’t make any sense. I genuinely don’t understand what he means by it. It’s like he doesn’t understand what genocide means. It’s not people yelling your name.

    His comment that, “I’m a normal person with like normal reactions to things, so of course it’s going to be terrifying. If you like that kind of thing and feed off of it in some way, you must have a miserable life,” seems to be referring not to the fans at ComicCon but to his fellow guests and performers. If they enjoy the energy and aren’t “terrified,” they must have something wrong with them. They “must have a miserable life.” That’s a pretty ridiculous thing to say, and does seem to indicate some sort of social anxiety disorder (at the very least) on Eisenberg’s part.

    It’s fine to dislike crowds, comic book nerds, being the center of attention, etc. I’m not crazy about any of those things either, but to suggest that those who are there having fun instead of trembling in fear are deeply disturbed or dysfunctional is, well, deeply disturbed and dysfunctional.

    • Daniel says:

      While he is projecting his own anxieties, he is not wrong that there is indeed something askew with people who require that sort of attention. That magnitude. Thereis a level of normalcy in which he refers to, or implies, and it is of a more humble or integrity-filled level.

      • monsinyana says:

        Well actors and politicians share a lot of the same personality traits as tyrants and serial killers so maybe he has a point xD

  6. sellout says:

    First of all, it was hyperbole and a joke. You hacks will make a story out of anything. Secondly, it’s lightning rod.

  7. nenamatahari says:

    That was an idiotic word choice. It just made him look stupid.

  8. chaz275 says:

    Great actor but outside the movies he’s always seemed like kind of a douche. I remember one year at the Oscars ( I think it was when The Social Network was out) they asked him some questions on the red carpet and someone asked something about some tv show and he said something along the lines of “I don’t know anything about that, I don’t own a television so…” just came off sounding SUPER douchey, and ever since I’m not surprised when he says something like this.

    • Kronos says:

      Exactly my thought.. very Doucey!!.. He wants to be one of those cerebral sesquipedalian type of actors… It’s like he got a “Word-A-Day” calendar and tries to use obscure words to answer simple questions to make himself more intelligent and better than others… Much like my use of the word “sesquipedalian”! haha

  9. Al Swearengen says:

    “Very poor choice of words”

  10. Betty Boop says:

    Obviously, another self-absorbed actor that thinks his crap doesn’t stink. My advice for him is to drop out of the Lex Luthor role because he’s just given.the fans a big FU. He’s so done.

    • Kronos says:

      I think his self-absorbed, haughty personality is probably what got him the role. The producers needed someone who can be a totally a$$ and think he is so above everyone else that they chose him because he doesn’t need to “get into character”!

      Even his IMDB page of trivia made his sound like a Douchey prick…

      “Jesse attended the New School University, New York, where he was a liberal arts major, with a focus on Democracy and Cultural Pluralism.”

    • David Benjamin says:

      Ummmm…you do realize that the movie has been made already..right?

  11. James N says:

    Seems like he stumbled on his word choice, so I’d give the guy a pass. He’s vegan, he has OCD and he’s an actor, so he’s a little soft. The root is that he didn’t enjoy the experience, which is sad because the bread and butter of the superhero film craze are events like Comic-Con. Hopefully he doesn’t have to make to many of the f-you-money-films to still be able to perform in the art house stuff. His work in the Social Network was clutch.

    • Grace says:

      Enough with the excuses! You don’t joke about genocide. He’s an asshole and a really dumb man

      • Daniel says:

        There was no joke in it, at all. And what he meant but failed to say first-hand, was that the experience for him was like a genocide of the senses. A heavy diminishing of consciousness of his surrounding by too much screaming by too many people.

      • daniel says:

        Who said they were making excuses for the guy? it’s pretty simple. The dude messed up and said something he shouldn’t have. I highly doubt you or anyone else hasn’t done the same thing at one point in their life. The difference being that what he said has become international entertainment news.

  12. Alex says:

    1st Affleck as Batman, now this.

  13. allie says:

    Bye bye jesse
    I’ll be surprised if he works in Hollywood again

  14. Betty says:

    Grow up, idiot……..they help pay your bills……find a new job if attending a convention to promote your latest film is such an ordeal

  15. nolarocks says:

    Lighting rod? Supposably. Moreso then that.

  16. Rick Curley says:

    So don’t go Jessey Eisenberg!

  17. ThisIsNotControversial says:

    He was pointing out those events throughout history wherein thousands of people might be yelling at or targeting individuals with shouting or similar. Within that, the context is clear. Obviously (to any RATIONAL person), he was not equating a mere convention appearance with the particulars of genocide itself.

    Unfortunately, it would seem that those who make the most noise these days are often not rational.

  18. vande101 says:

    How long before his publicist tries to retract the statement, and say his comment was taken out of context?

  19. Jim says:

    Pretty dumb comment. I’m not buying him as Lex Luthor either. He’s good at playing a snarky young punk, But Lex is an intimidating criminal mastermind….Eisenberg doesn’t give off that vibe.

    • FidleDidleReeRantRue says:

      Except for when he played Mark Zuckerberg, which when you think about it is sort of modern day criminal mastermind: a corporate con artist that steals loads of money and does it “legally.” A rich, pompous, coniving nerd. I duno, seems pretty spot on to me.

      • Carlo says:

        I’m with you, Jim; Jesse is the worst choice for Lex Luthor. Course, I just look at the jerk and don’t like him anyway.

  20. Murica! says:

    What an idiot!!! Does he have any idea what he’s saying? He probably doesn’t even know what genocide means!

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