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Jesse Eisenberg opens up about his role as Lex Luthor

Jesse Eisenberg opens up about his role as Lex Luthor
Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack

Yesterday, Director Zack Snyder unleashed the first photo of Ben Affleck sporting the new batsuit and posing next to the Batmobile for the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel “Batman vs. Superman.” Now, actor Jesse Eisenberg has opened up about his involvement in the film and how he’s adapting to the role as Superman’s archenemy, Lex Luthor.

The film has sparked several controversies with its casting choices and added characters. The biggest surprise for comic fans when they cast the “Social Network” and “Zombieland” star to play the most memorable villain had people saying “What were they thinking?” since his casting in January. There has been little news about how involved the actor will be in the film, but according to Superhero Hype today, the star talks about how different his take on Lex Luthor will be in the highly anticipated film.

"I don't know the history as well as the people making the movie, so I guess it's up to them to figure out how much they want to separate it from previous incarnations. But I will treat it like it's its own role.” Eisenberg said.

“There's no way to play the history of the character played by other people, unless you do some kind of wink, but that doesn't seem like a responsible way to act. So I will just do it as though it's a character, in the same way you do a movie like The Double, which is a smaller movie — but you just kind of treat it like a character, and that's probably the best course of action, I think."

IGN also reports that during an interview, the actor was asked if he would be going bald for the role. Unfortunately, the actor was unable to answer the question due to what seems to be a contractual obligation to keep mouth shut about how the character will be looking. "I'm not allowed to say anything, because of their privacy."

It was also reported the actor chose the role because it’s part of a huge universe and he would love to be part of what most moviegoers would call a “comic book movie.” Eisenberg expresses that it’s more than just the franchise, it’s how they’ve written the character and how the story would play out on screen.

"The character's really good, so it's like doing anything else. They make a lot of those movies, so if you're an actor in things, you will probably cross paths with it at some point. But the character's written really well. It's a really great role. The fact that it's in a big movie, you know, it seems like a character that would be in any kind of movie. It just happens to be in a bigger, flashier kind of thing."

Eisenberg’s casting would still take some getting use to, while most fans had hoped that actor Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) would play Lex Luthor after seeing the actor bald as the character Walter White and he would have been the perfect choice. Well if you think about it… he really is.

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