He’s started the Social Network and survived a zombie apocalypse. For this edition of INTERVUE, actor Jesse Eisenberg will wow us about his role in the upcoming movie, Now You See Me
It’s great seeing you and Woody on screen again since Zombieland. What is your working relationship like with him and has the chemistry evolved since?
JE: Yes, when I was working on Zombieland with Woody, I was very nervous around him because at the time, I thought I was nervous with somebody like that but now in retrospect, I realize that I was nervous because my character was nervous around him. So I was taking on the nerves of my character and its very disarming guide to let myself realize that. So working on this movie where our characters are rivals and competing peers, I didn’t feel nervous around him. I may be felt like comfortable and we had a really good time doing that because we were working as equals. We would try to improvise against each other so we would come up with ways to jab each other. Before each scene, we would write down different jokes that we might throw at each other and see how the other reacts. Woody takes his role seriously, like I do, but also like to bring his sense of humor to it. I would like to work with him more.
Speaking of jokes, is there any particular one you care to share?
JE: I don’t know what made it into the movie since I didn’t see the final product. What’s also funny is Isla Fisher. She’s like absolutely hysterical and the funniest person you could meet. She’s very quick and has a dark sense of humor. Her character used to be my assistant and she quit because I never promoted her. She was able to use her cunning sense of humor to insult me. I am sure some weird jokes between us made it into the movie.
Are there any plans for a Zombieland 2?
JE: There were but they decided to do a TV show instead.
Did you talk to any magicians while doing this film?
JE: David was the magic consultant in the movie. He was like my teacher and taught me the world of magic. The stuff he taught me was slight-of-hand tricks. The most helpful thing he gave me was giving me the deal of what his life was like. The character that I play would be practicing magic every day, 8 hours a day since he was five year old. Every single day, he would walk around with a pack of cards in his hands. All the time, he would not have a big social life because he would be practicing so much. I was able to understand what my character’s life would be like. My character thinks that “I am the best in the world.” David introduced me to a lot of magicians. I got to see who my character would be like. When I first read the script, my immediate thought was David Blaine who was a causal street performer. The director wanted me to be flashier with a little more attitude that Blaine. So, I was looking at Copperfield who was flashier but kind of seems like from a different generation.
You have played some interesting characters in your career from Columbus in Zombieland to Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, how do you choose those right roles to play?
JE: Any time I play a role, I think of it as myself.
Now You See Me will amaze you in the theatres this Friday, May 31st
For INTERVUE, I’m Dean Rogers