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In issue 224 of Total Film we sat down with Jesse Eisenberg to talk his varied career.

Inside the issue – which is available for just £2.99 on your iPad – TF couldn’t help but ask about his character in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, the iconic villain, Lex Luthor.

And it sounds like Eisenberg is having some input into this incarnation.

“There are some indications of how the character should behave based on the script, and then an actor makes it his or her own.”

“I got to know one of the writers Chris Terrio, and we were able to discuss things at length and figure out who this person is to create a real psychology behind what is, perhaps, in a comic book, a less than totally modern psychology. I can only say I’ve been asked to play an interesting role. A complicated, challenging person.”

For more on Jesse pick up the brand new issue of Total Film, which is out Friday 29 August, and includes an exclusive look at Gone Girl, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Life After Beth and much more.

Total Film 224 is available at all good newsagents now (and you can order the issue online here).


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Jesse Eisenberg is in the mindset of there could be worse things in life than your fans coming up to you in the street.

The American actor is recognisable for roles in movies such as The Social Network and Now You See Me, and often gets spotted when he’s out and about.

Jesse understands that having strangers talk to you comes part and parcel with being a Hollywood star, and having conversations with unknowns doesn’t faze him.

“I get noticed a lot but it’s hard to modulate if you’re an actor. If the downside is people on the street saying ‘Hi’… there are worse things,” Jesse explained to British newspaper The Metro.

“I haven’t said anything controversial. I passed a poster today with Mel Gibson [for The Expendables 3] and thought ‘Oh, he’s in another movie! I wonder if people ask him [about past controversial comments]‘.”

Keeping his own name out of the headlines is easy for the 30-year-old actor, as he leads a relatively low-key life.

“I have nothing interesting going on! I can’t imagine what the incentive would be to invade it. I don’t have a pool shaped like a dollar sign. I have it shaped in the sign of a cent!” he laughed.

Currently Jesse has four new movies in the pipeline, one of which is the new Batman v Superman flick where he takes on the role as villain Lex Luthor.

He’s also just wrapped on American Ultra, where he stars alongside Kristen Stewart. The pair have collaborated before, with Jesse admitting he was a lot less apprehensive around the Twilight actress this time.

“It is. Also my character in Adventureland [movie] was nervous around her, but in this movie we play this really sweet couple. She’s my only friend and we’re really in love. So it was more comfortable to act in.

“Yeah [I'm more confident now I'm 30], but you end up feeling a bit of what your character is feeling on set, just because your dynamic with the person is based on what the character’s dynamic is,” he outlined.

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When he’s not gracing the screen, the star of films like The Social Network and Zombieland prefers to hide away in remote locations.

“I just got back from Cambodia. I camped there for pleasure. It’s interesting to go to unique places,” he reveals.

The more unusual and weird a location is, the more appealing he finds it.

“I went to Nepal during a civil war; it kind of broke out while I was in China,” he continues. “I went into Tibet, then to Nepal, and it was really dangerous at the time.”

Much like some of the characters he’s portrayed, the 30-year-old, looking casual today in a T-shirt, jeans and Nike trainers, speaks quickly, eager to deflect attention from himself. He’s very inquisitive, and bounces questions straight back.

Eisenberg is in the UK to promote his new film, the thought-provoking drama Night Moves. Unlike his real-life self, where he often fidgets and doesn’t really maintain direct eye contact, his performance as radical environmental activist Josh is probably his most intense yet.

“It was interesting. I mean, I’m not locked into one kind of acting so I liked doing it,” he says of the challenge. Josh feels a lot of pain and anger but doesn’t know how to express himself, so he ends up repressing all of these feelings.”

The New York-born actor was intrigued when he was sent the script by film-maker Kelly Reichardt.

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The 30-year-old actor said he would gladly reprise his role as confident magician J Daniel Atlas in the follow-up. The 2013 heist thriller, which also starred Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo and Dave Franco was a huge box office success.

“I love the character, it was so much fun to play so I’d hope to do it again. Everyone loved doing the first one so I imagine they’ll all want to do it again,” he said.

Jon M Chu is tipped to direct the sequel, taking over from French filmmaker Louis Leterrier, who directed the first film.

Jesse, Woody, Isla and Dave Franco played street magicians who carried out heists, with Mark as the cop on their tail.

The Oscar-nominated actor, who portrayed Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher’s The Social Network, said he has no qualms about stepping back in the role because it is different to his real self.

“He’s a performer who loves performing. I don’t know any performer who loves performing so it’s a real treat. Every performer I know tortures themselves for it and the character in Now You See Me tortures himself for it, but when he’s on stage, he loves it,” he said.

And Jesse, who next stars in environmental drama Night Moves, said there could be even more travelling in the next instalment.

“We shot a bit in France, mostly in New Orleans, but that’s the kind of movie that can lend itself to travel. It’s magic and an international cast,” he added.


Jesse Eisenberg on blowing things up, his love for Richard Ayoade and playing Lex Luthor

In Night Moves you play an eco-warrior who blows up a hydroelectric-dam. Have you ever protested anything for real?

I used to protest on behalf of my Burmese friends at the United Nations. It was for the release of their Nobel Peace Prize winner [Aung San Suu Kyi] who had been under house arrest for years. I went to two, and on the third I must have had the date wrong. I asked the guard outside: “Do you know when the Burmese protest is?” and he cursed at me. I stopped after that.

How much research did you do for your Night Moves role?

I learned about various activist organisations in the US who do things you would consider destructive. I also worked and lived on the farm my character lives on, so I would have an understanding of his lifestyle. This character feels marginalised by society.

You have an odd relationship with fellow activist Dakota Fanning. Is there an attraction between the characters?

I know what you mean – when I first read the script I asked the exact same question, and the writers said no. My character is disgusted by her. She’s this rich girl whose father is paying for the operation. I hate her. She’s in it for her own fun. She’s constantly questioning and knows facts, but [my character] thinks all that stuff is annoyingly irrelevant.

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Jesse Eisenberg thinks Dakota Fanning has a “unique seriousness”.

The 30-year-old actor who found his big break with The Social Network has now teamed up with Dakota, 20, for drama Night Moves.

Despite the ten-year age gap, Jesse didn’t give his younger co-star, who started acting aged five, any career advice.

“No, she’s been acting longer than I have!” he exclaimed to the British edition of Elle magazine.

“Dakota has a unique seriousness; she’s pretty self-assured. Her character comes across as the most accessible in the film; Dakota in person is more enigmatic. My character is the opposite: emotionally aloof.”

Night Moves is about three radical environmentalists who work together to create their biggest protest to date.

Jesse’s performance in 2010′s The Social Network earned him an Oscar nomination after his successful portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. He might be a big star now, but it would never have crossed his mind as a child.

“I did musical theatre when I was younger and wasn’t that good,” he mused.

Jesse’s talents don’t run out at acting – he can also sing. He’s written a musical but doesn’t think fans will be seeing him on Broadway yet.

“I don’t have the stamina to do eight shows a week on Broadway – I could probably do half a show,” he laughed.

In 2015 Jesse’s comedy American Ultra will be hitting cinemas. It’s about a stoner and his girlfriend who have to face the past and also stars Kristen Stewart.

“She’s phenomenal,” he gushed about his co-star.”We have a great working relationship – we treat things the same way and have the same taste.”


Jesse Eisenberg seen arriving at the BBC Radio 1 Studios on July 29, 2014 in London, England.

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