Jesse Eisenberg Discusses Lex Luthor’s Deeply Private Rage In ‘Batman v Superman’

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The trailers for Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have somewhat given us an idea of Jesse Eisenberg’s take on Lex Luthor and his role in the movie, but when it comes to someone as multi-layered as this particular character, there’s always more than meets the eye, so no one can really predict what’s in store for Luthor, especially at this point.

However, playing one of the most iconic villains of all time and the arch-nemesis of Superman also comes at a price, since there’s bound to be plenty of expectations from fans. Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, while doing the press rounds for Louder Than Bombs, Eisenberg had the following to say about that:

Well, I don’t really have to necessarily account for what is expected. When I read the script, I thought, this character is rendered so incredibly well that I just have to do what I know I do well, and it will be a great character because the character is full of interesting, contradictory, realistic elements that make a character wonderful. And as an actor, those are the most comfortable and convenient characters to play. The difficult characters to play are the ones where it doesn’t seem like the character has been rendered realistically or with human feelings behind them. That wasn’t the case with this character.

The actor then went on to talk about Luthor’s dual personality by comparing the character to higher-ups of big organizations and how interesting it was to portray him:

He has a kind of charming public persona, and then a deeply private rage. And this is not only interesting as an actor to play, but I would say more realistic to how extroverted people like this, who are kind of leaders of big organizations, probably feel. You have to kind of put on a public front that appears genial and appears accessible, but you’re likely — if you’re very ambitious — harboring feelings of competitiveness, envy, and all these other things we try to avoid in public. So stuff like that was very interesting as an actor to explore. And then kind of coloring in that framework is somebody who’s also very clever and funny and emotional and vengeful.

What do you guys think? Are you looking forward to seeing Eisenberg as Lex Luthor next month? Sound-off your thoughts in the comment section below.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.

  • Splinter76

    Can’t wait!

  • Matt Mira said on the Talk Salad podcast that from an inside source on set of BvS, “He’s doing a Max Landis impression.”

    Landis directed him in American Ultra, and as we all know, is kind of a superdouche.

    So… when you go back and watch that second trailer and see how ridiculous he is, knowing he’s doing a Max Landis impression… it’s freaking brilliant.

    • Joseph

      Hahaha that makes perfect sense. I totally see the Max Landis douchiness in his portrayal of Lex.