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January 15, 2013 11:46 AM
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Jesse Eisenberg Explains Why He Hasn't Seen 'To Rome With Love,' Now Out on DVD


"To Rome With Love" Sony Pictures Classics
You've really missed out on some pretty great films this past decade.

Aw, that's very sweet.

Never seen "The Social Network"?

We had a thing and I looked at the floor.

I want to know whether your relationship with Woody evolved over the course of your short time together?

A little bit, then I got to like have dinner with him a few times after the movie was over. But I only got to know him a little bit. When I was with him, I wasn't trying to get him to like me. That would be a stressful experience, trying to get Woody to think I was funny. I just liked being in the same room as him, because it's so interesting to hear the way he talks, to hear how he thinks. But I wasn't trying to make a friend. Someone like him has already made his friends.

Have you two kept in touch since wrapping?

I saw him a few times for press things, but he's so busy. I'm less so, but also doing things -- but no. Oh wait, yeah he invited he to see his play on Broadway.

"To Rome With Love" Sony Pictures Classics
How confident does working with someone of Woody's caliber make you, with regards to your abilities as a performer?

No, I generally feel like I'm the only judge of what I'm doing. So if I'm doing something that's not surrounded by people like that and I feel good about it, I still feel good. And conversely, if I'm doing something and I feel terrible, I still feel terrible even when surrounded by someone like that.

I haven't tried to work with people like that just for that reason. I still look at the script and criticize it.

What are the recurring insecurities you feel on a day-to-day basis when on set?

In a movie, you're trying to portray some kind of reality to a fake situation and bring some real emotional experience to it. If I don't achieve some kind of real emotional response, I get frazzled and I feel like it's not going well. So I guess that's the main concern.

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5 Comments

  • Joy | January 16, 2013 2:07 AMReply

    I like him a lot. I can't wait for "Now you see me"

  • gregwlocke | January 15, 2013 8:04 PMReply

    oddly enough, i just sat two tables away from jesse at the whole foods cafe in soho.

  • Kayla | January 15, 2013 4:52 PMReply

    He is disappointed because his performance was really dreadful in the movie.
    BTW, He plays himself in all his films, not counting the same haircut in all of them.

  • Tiago | January 15, 2013 4:46 PMReply

    Sorry, but i can't stand him. He's an average actor overrated by the press.

  • GregWLocke | January 15, 2013 2:01 PMReply

    I love this guy. As an actor, as a writer, as a personality. Between Squid, Social Network, Adventureland, Roger Dodger, To Rome with Love, The Education of Charlie Banks and even Zombieland and 30 Minutes or Less, I think he's carving out a more interesting career than anyone expected.

    Can't wait for Now You See Me, Night Moves and The Double. Feels like 2013 is going to be the year he really becomes a household name / movie star.