He’s played a zombie hunter, an ecstasy dealer and comic book villain Lex Luthor, and received acclaim for his portrayal of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network.
But Jesse Eisenberg’s favourite role to date is as master magician J. Daniel Atlas in Now You See Me, which he reprises for sequel Now You See Me 2.
“This movie is like the greatest relief I can have, because this is a character that’s also a professional performer, and yet he is totally comfortable with himself,” explains the actor who openly discusses his own anxiety and guilt issues. “
He has no self-doubt, he’s worked really hard on his skill set and yet feels no guilt about his success, so it’s all this stuff that I kind of aspire to but don’t feel, feeling like a confident performer, feeling like I’ve earned the right to be at the table so to speak, and so I really like playing this character. In a way it’s like a more comfortable version of myself.”
A huge Penn and Teller fan, the magicians have even let Eisenberg into the secrets behind some of their famous tricks.
“I’m a naturally curious person, and they could see how infuriated I got when I couldn’t figure something out. The great thing about Penn and Teller, and also about Now You See Me, is that they tell you how their tricks are done and it’s not any less impressive. In fact, in a way, it’s even more impressive because it shows you how much effort it takes to do these things.”
A limited edition 2-disc Blu-ray of Now You See Me 2 is available only at JB Hi-Fi.
For more from the making of the movie, check out the clip below.