dana banana (xx_rapunzel_xx) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,
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Jesse Eisenberg: Unintentionally Awkward or Intentional A-hole?

Jesse Eisenberg has been doing a lot of press for Now You See Me, out May 31st in the U.S. Usually interviewers find him "intelligent," "hilarious," and "a sweetheart," but this interviewer has a different take.

Watch Romina Puga interview Jesse for her "Say My Name" segment on Fusion (apparently a joint venture between ABC News and Univision):

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/video/jesse-eisenberg-learned-magic-tricks-now-set-19203187

ETA: Attention ONTDr's outside of the U.S.! Here's a link to the video so you can see it! http://mrjesseeisenberg.tumblr.com/post/50759187932/jesse-eisenberg-wants-you-to-know-hes-smarter

What's confusing is that even though the interview is cute and funny, her own account tells a different story:

Jesse Eisenberg isn't very nice.


So, I was just humiliated by Jesse Eisenberg. You know, the actor who played Mark Zuckerberg in the Social Network.

The interview started by me asking Jesse to say my name into the camera — my usual shtick for my “Say My Name” web series. This is how it went:

Jesse: They’re not going to think it’s me right?

Romina: Yeah. Maybe.

J: Ok… really?

R: I don’t know.

J: But how is it going to be integrated to one thing?

R: You’ll have to go online to see.

J: But I want to know prior to it.

R: You know what, just skip it. Let’s skip it.

J: No, I’ll do it. I’ll do the thing. I just want to know what to give it?

R: Say it like if we just broke up.

J: I probably wouldn’t say anything then.

R: Ok… [C’mon!!] Say it like you’re trying to find me in a crowded place.

J: Oh ok. Romina [he says it pretty softly.]

R: That’s it?

J: The thing is I didn’t want to find you. I was actually hoping to stay alone.


I changed the subject. I asked him if he learned any good card tricks on set since his character in his new film “Now You See Me” — about four magicians who rob a bank (also starring Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Mark Ruffalo) — is a card master. He asked if I had a card, I happened to have a whole deck in my pocket. I hand it to him. Fail, once again:

J: You know the comedian Carrot Top?

R: Yes. He’s horrible.

J: Well… (He points down as in saying ‘don’t say that just yet’) You are like the Carrot Top of interviewers. Yeah because you know they rely on props instead of just their own… you know…

R: Ok. I’m going to cry now.

J: No. Don’t cry now. Cry after the interview is over, because otherwise it’ll look like I was responsible for it.

R: Well, you are.

J: Well, I don’t want to know that though.

R: Well, now you know.


He performs a pretty decent magic trick. Actually, it’s a trick my brother would do to me growing up. I knew how it was done but at this point I just wanted to go cry so I “ooed” and “awed” until it was over.

When the five minute “interview” (more like self-esteem butchering) were finally over I went behind a curtain to wait for the memory cards from the interview. I peaked around the curtain to ask Jesse about his neighborhood in New York (he lives a few blocks from where I used to live) and he immediately says, “You’re still here?”


I finally walked away.

ONTD, what say you? Diehard JE fans are upset that she called out his so-called lack of character, feel weird that she is offended, and think that she is unprofessional; other non-fans believe that he's an arrogant dick. I am not sure what to make of her responses on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rominapuga Also, here are more responses I found: http://fumetsushinju.tumblr.com/post/50709568190/so-romina-pugas-interview-really-pissed-me-off Personally, I think this whole thing is a non-issue. I feel like the interview was staged and kind of inspired by Between Two Ferns. Both of them are laughing throughout the whole thing and her account is sarcastic. Who knows, they could've gone out to dinner after (lol).

Also, Jesse was on David Letterman Thursday night. I'd upload a video if I could, but I can't find the whole thing.
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