[Holy Rollers is] a great character study, again showing off the nuance of Eisenberg’s craft. It’s impossible to explain what it is that makes him a great actor. To a layman, it appears as though he is acting like himself, but that’s the brilliance. Sammy Gold and Mark Zuckerberg are completely different character efforts, and yet it just seems like Jesse being Jesse. That’s what he’s good at, though; that’s what allows him to slip in and out of roles.
Perhaps Eisenberg’s funniest moment in the Q & A after the screening was when someone asked if his preparations to play Sammy were similar to playing Zuckerberg, noting similar aspirations (read: a lot of gelt) for both. Jesse quipped “Yes, both characters do end up in clubs with bad people in the films,” getting a dig in against the asker. Relating characters to an actor is basically saying he can’t act.
Interviewer: Can I ask you who you’re wearing, by the way? ‘Cause I am doing a story about fashion as well.
Jesse: You mean my tuxedo? Yes it’s..it’s..it’s….Yes it’s…
Interviewer: Oh, Dolce and Gabbana!
Jesse: Where does it..Where does it say?
Interviewer: It says it right here…
Jesse: Oh yes, yes, that’s right.
Interviewer: What do you think when you dress for things like this? Do you overthink it or anything at all?
Jesse: I literally have no idea what I put on. Somebody hands it to me before I leave the house, I put it on and then, you know, look forward to taking it off and wearing my boxer shorts.
22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala
Troian Bellisario on The Social Network.
The first thing I identify with myself is not my religion. Like, the first movie I did, is called Roger Dodger, the director kept telling me, “Please act more like Woody Harrelson, not Woody Allen.” I think there was a hidden comment there but I don’t know what it was. I told them I wanted to play the part in Zombieland with peyos ‘cause I thought I wasn’t doing anything interesting with the character and everybody else in the movie was so interesting.