Jesse Eisenberg Finally Opens Up About Playing Lex Luthor


jesse_eisenberg_as_lex_luthor_by_darren1987-d74p8r1Director Zack Snyder pretty much shocked the world with his casting for Batman vs. Superman‘s Lex Luthor. When it was revealed that Jesse Eisenberg had land the role of Superman‘s big, bad, bald adversary, the internet started to react in a similar manner to the Batfleck news. Now that some time has passed, it seems everyone has sort of come around to the idea of the Social Network star bringing Luthor to life. The actor has remained incredibly tight-lipped about the role and dodged questions in his trademark sarcastic way, but Eisenberg finally opened up about playing the character in a recent interview with IGN.

While out doing the press rounds for his new film The Double, Eisenberg finally opened up about Batman vs. Superman and how he feels about the role while speaking with IGN. When asked how his version of Lex Luthor would be different than the many versions we’ve seen on TV and in movies (both live-action and animated), the actor said it comes down to how he’s presented in the script:

It’ll definitely be played by a different person, but I don’t know really how different this — I don’t know the history as well as the people making the movie, so I guess it’s up to them to figure out how much they want to separate it from previous incarnations. But I will treat it like it’s its own role. There’s no way to play the history of the character played by other people, unless you do some kind of wink, but that doesn’t seem like a responsible way to act. So I will just do it as though it’s a character, in the same way you do a movie like The Double, which is a smaller movie — but you just kind of treat it like a character, and that’s probably the best course of action, I think.

When asked the most important question, whether he would be bald or not, Eisenberg wouldn’t say one way or the other. He declined (and will probably continue to decline until we see a set photo), saying he wasn’t allowed to comment “because of their privacy.” He was willing to talk about what drew him to the comic book movie realm though. The actor didn’t really have any hesitation when it came to taking on the role. He says it’s a good movie that just happens to be a comic book movie:

The character’s really good, so it’s like doing anything else. They make a lot of those movies, so if you’re an actor in things, you will probably cross paths with it at some point. But the character’s written really well. It’s a really great role. The fact that it’s in a big movie, you know, it seems like a character that would be in any kind of movie. It just happens to be in a bigger, flashier kind of thing.

Now that the actor is willing to talk about the film, even just a little bit, hopefully we’ll get to hear more from the new Luthor before long. With filming getting ready to being and the first official look at Ben Affleck as Batman now out of the way, hopefully our first look at the rest of the newcomers in the cast pops up before long as well. What do you think about Eisenberg‘s comments?

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Source : IGN