Jesse Eisenberg Calls Lex Luthor “The Best, Most Advantageous Role” He’s Ever Had

Lex Luthor

There’s been a few actors to play Superman’s most famous nemesis on the big screen and next year We will see Jesse Eisenberg join that list. The actor recently spoke about his incarnation of the character, who he described  “as enigmatic as he is emotionally honest.” and went on to say the following about the role:

In a lot of ways Luthor is more of a stretch than any character you would do in an independent movie, which is normally the place you stretch. So in that way it was not at all compromised. If anything it was the best, most advantageous role I’ve ever been given.

It’s because the opportunity to do an interesting character on a movie of that scale is incredibly rare.

Eisenberg gives credit to Chris Terrio for the multi-dimensional role but regardless of how well the role is written, there’s sure to be some comparison to the actors who played the role in the past.  Eisenberg commented on how his Luthor would be different that what we’ve seen in the past: 

Now people expect the tone to be more realistic just because we live in a world where the average audience member has a sense of psychological motivations… [It raises the question] how can one man—Superman—have so much power? These are the kind of things that we talk about when we think about authoritarian states, when we talk about Vladimir Putin having a strong foothold in Eastern Europe. They’re addressing geopolitics in this movie and not in a way that’s pretentious or esoteric.

Terrio cleverly ties in these really exciting superhero elements with these really sophisticated, philosophical themes in a much smarter, different way. That’s what I like to do with my writing: To have these very sophisticated, philosophical debates happen on very basic levels.

Let us know what you think about Eisenberg’s comments below.

‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ hits theaters on March 25, 2016.

Source: The Observer

(Shawn Madden)

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