May 17, 2013— -- Jesse: Pick a card and put it back into the deck.
Romina: Ok. Here?
J: Yeah. Think about the card now.
J: Are you thinking about it?
R: Yes I ---
J: It doesn't matter.
Jesse Eisenberg is the quick-witted bully you think he is. He's smart, sharp, and mean.
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 insult me.
Yes, he compared my use of props to Carrot Top's.
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 tortuous conversation -- scratch that, of arguing -- with the 29-year-old New Yorker best known for playing Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. Again, I should've known better.
I spare you a regular written story about him because there's no other way to explain who Jesse Eisenberg is without witnessing his belittling demeaning demeanor for yourself. 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.