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Jesse Eisenberg: 'I am exceedingly average'

Cover Media logo Cover Media 20/04/2016

© Provided by Cover Media Jesse Eisenberg admits he avoids playing characters that are "average" - like himself.

The actor revealed there isn't a pattern to the parts he takes on, but what they do have in common is the fact that they're not "average people".

Jesse, 32 has most recently been seen playing the iconic role of Superman villain Lex Luthor opposite Ben Affleck's Batman in film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In the highly anticipated reboot Luthor is a scientific genius, with echoes of Mark Zuckerberg, a role he played in film The Social Network. But Jesse stresses he has no interest in portraying characters he has anything in common with.

"No, I try to avoid average people because I am exceedingly average. I loved my character in Now You See Me because he is so confident.

"While filming I unconsciously take on those feeling of assurance and it's very helpful. A lot of the other roles I play are more disturbed," he told Britain's The Metro newspaper.

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His role as megalomaniac Luthor definitely fits into the "disturbed" category: "I thought, this is a guy who has two faces: a public, charming, seemingly benign face, then in private he's deeply insecure, tortured and increasingly dangerous.

"I was trying to think of mannerisms that would accommodate both those personas."

The actor, who has been criticised for not being menacing enough as Luthor, revealed how even he was surprised by the scale of the film's production.

"The first scene I filmed was in the lobby of my character's office. I assumed I would see a desk and maybe one chair. I walked on to the set and there was a basketball court, a Korean coffee shop and hundreds of employees, some on Segways. I realised early on the kind of production this would be," he smiled.

Jesse will next be seen in new film Louder Than Bombs, in which he stars as a husband and father at the centre of a fractious family dealing with their feelings and memories of their deceased wife and mother, a famed war photographer.

Speaking about his character Jonah, he shares: "I loved the way he was dealing with grief in what seemed to me an illogical but emotionally realistic way."

Next month (May16) he will appear in play The Spoils, which he also wrote, in London's theatre land, and his film with Woody Allen, Cafe Society, will be screened at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival.

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