Jesse Eisenberg Discusses the Pyschology Behind Lex Luthor in ‘Batman v Superman’


Jesse Eisenberg Talks His Role as Lex Luthor in 'Batman vs. Superman'
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Eisenberg discusses his conversation with screenwriter Chris Terrio (Argo) and the psychology behind the character saying:

There are some indications of how the character should behave based on the script, and then as actor makes it his or her own. I got to know one of the writers, Chris Terrio, and we were able to discuss things at length and figure out who this person is to create a real psychology behind what is, perhaps, in a comic book, a less than totally modern psychology. I can only say I’ve been asked to play an interesting role. A complicated, challenging person.

Getting into the both the excitement and secrecy behind the film Eisenberg adds:

I realise how popular comic-book movies are, and now, working on one, I realize why they’re popular – the story is really good, the dialogue is really good, the artistry behind every department is high, the acting is really good. So if they’re all put together with that level of quality… They asked me if I wanted to play the part before they sent me the script. I’m not sure how it worked, but it’s something I read with the understanding that I could do the role… You know, they don’t just hand the scripts out. But I really liked it on its own terms. I would do it if it was for free and [the role] was tiny.

Obviously there isn’t much to chew on here and you can’t really expect Eisenberg to be anything but flattering when it comes to the project, but I do like the fact, as he’s said before, he wasn’t really familiar with the character from the comics so it was about creating a character with what’s on the page and his interpretation. That could make for something quite different than what we’ve seen in the past.

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016.