Ever say something out loud that didn’t seem so bad in your head, but after it came out of your mouth you realized what a dumb, dumb thing you just said? Odds are good that actor Jesse Eisenberg is feeling that way after committing a pretty egregious vocal blunder last week at San Diego Comic Con – although so far, Eisenberg has yet to apologize or show any remorse for his statement.
On Monday at the premiere of his new film The End of the Tour, Eisenberg spoke of his apparently less-than-stellar SDCC experience. Appearing at the convention with multiple other cast members to promote next year’s Superman vs. Batman: Dawn of Justice, in which he plays classic Superman villain Lex Luthor, Eisenberg explained his thoughts on the crowds and the hype thusly:
“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.”
Was it a poor choice of words, or does Eisenberg truly not realize that a few thousand people being loud doesn’t exactly equate to the mass killing of a predetermined group of people?
Now, if you’re thinking something along the lines of no big deal; he obviously didn’t realize what he said, and I’m confident he’ll be apologizing in no time, well… not so fast. On Tuesday, Eisenberg appeared with his The End of the Tour co-star Jason Segel, and offered an explanation for his words – but no real remorse. Here’s what he said on Tuesday:
Maybe on some cellular memory level, that’s the only thing that seems like an equivalent social experience. Even if they’re saying nice things, just being shouted at by thousands of people, it’s horrifying… it’s a mob. Yeah. They were one torch away from burning me. 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. The screaming was terrifying. … We were on the kind of scary end of it.
What do you think, dear readers? Does Eisenberg have a point, or does he just not “get it?” Sound off in the comments below!