Jezebel- Jesse Eisenberg—an adult man who gets paid millions of dollars to put on funny costumes, pretend to be someone else, and occasionally talk about it in front of fans—did not have a good time promoting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at ComicCon.
“It is like being screamed at by thousands of people,” he told a reporter on the red carpet for the David Foster Wallace-focused film, The End of the Tour. “I don’t know what the experience is throughout history, probably some kind of genocide. I can’t think of anything that’s equivalent.”
Well folks, this is why there is no college diploma necessary to become an actor. This is exactly why Hollywood's most successful celebrities don't boast a resume that includes a degree in History. We don't need our actors to be smart, we just need them to be adaptable. Read a bunch of words from a script in an entertaining fashion and you can be as ignorant to the real world as you'd like. As dumb as Eisenberg sounds here, I kind of want to give him a pass. Who hasn't tried to use a word outside of their vocabulary range in an effort to sound smart? Hell, if thesaurus.com didn't exist this blog would look like the incoherent rumblings of a prepubescent, dyslexic child.
Sure, a large majority of people know what the term 'genocide' means. Hell, almost everyone could tell you it has a negative connotation. However, most of us went to school and learned such things. Eisenberg dropped out NYU to pursue a film. Something tells me he wasn't the best student. Should he be pulling words from the 'Table Of Contents' of a 6th grade Social Studies book when trying to give context to the atmosphere of a convention that was praising his role in a movie? Probably not, but comparing a bunch of cheering fans to ethnic cleansing and the deliberate extermination of a group of people doesn't even make sense. I am pretty sure those that fell victim to the various instances of genocide in our past were dead far before they had to experience thousands of people screaming at them. I know that, you know that, and if Jesse Eisenberg was shown the definition of 'genocide' he would know that too. Seems pretty clear that this was just a Freudian slip that happened to get broadcast to millions. Either that, or he's just a huge dickhead that takes his profession and social standing for granted. When I put it that way, it kind of seems like the latter...
P.S. 'The Social Network' has convinced me that Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Zuckerberg are actually the same exact person. Which makes this quote even funnier because it sounds exactly like something Zuckerberg would say, in the movie or in reality.