Jesse Eisenberg was at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend to promote his upcoming appearance as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and because he hasn’t done much in the way of massive superhero blockbusters before, he was kinda new to the experience. He walked onstage for the film’s panel and thousands of Hall H fans screamed and cheered, then they probably screamed and cheered some more if they happened to notice him walking around the venue or just trying to get a sandwich. If you’re famous at Comic-Con, it’s not exactly a tranquil experience.
So, when asked by the Associated Press to describe what his time in the San Diego spotlight was like, Eisenberg tried to think of something unpleasant to compare it to, and the word he came up with probably spiked his publicist’s blood pressure quite a bit.
“It is like being screamed at by thousands of people. I don’t know what the experience is throughout history, probably some kind of genocide. I can’t think of anything that’s equivalent,” he said.
Look, Comic-Con is rough. It’s crowded, it’s hot, people forget to wear deodorant, and every time you turn around someone’s bumping into you with their backpacks full of action figures and limited edition t-shirts. It is not, however, the site of mass killings (yet). So, Eisenberg’s probably in for a little PR storm now.
Honestly, though, he probably just failed to think of a better word at the time, a word like “riot” or “concert” or “rally,” and he said something he shouldn’t have. Or, maybe he’s just trying to stay in character for the next DC Comics movie, and Lex Luthor’s ready to kill a bunch of people. Either way, he should maybe tone it down.