Jesse Eisenberg Wants You To Know He's Smarter Than You


Jesse Eisenberg is the quick-witted bully you think he is. He's smart, sharp, and ready to make you feel silly for even showing up.

My goal at the press junket for his new movie Now You See Me was to loosen him up and have some fun -- but I should've known better. He didn't let me make him look like anything other than who he wanted me (or the public) to see. I caught him smirking at my attempts to be funny a few times, but he would immediately catch himself and throw something back at me with a straight face.

Having a conversation with Jesse Eisenberg was like having a conversation with my stubborn-as-a-mule older brother; he has to counter everything you say. But unlike my brother, who I am able to get up and walk away from, I had to sit through five minutes of arguing with the 29-year-old New Yorker best known for playing Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network.

I spare you a standard written story about the movie or Eisenberg (Sorry, Jesse Eisenberg). Instead, I give you the lowlights (because they're definitely not highlights) of our interview in the video above. Enjoy, or don't, Jesse wouldn't care.

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