Clancy Brown Comments On Jesse Eisenberg Playing 'Lex Luthor' In MAN OF STEEL 2
For DC animation fans, Brown is probably more synonymous with Superman's arch nemesis than anyone else, having voiced the character so memorably on many different occasions. Now the Shawshank Redemption actor gives his thoughts on the man who'll play him next in live action, Jesse Eisenberg.
The casting of Jesse Eisenberg in Zack Snyder's Batman VS. Superman themed sequel to Man Of Steel is one of the most polarizing we've had in quite a while. Some feel he's perfect for a modern day take on Lex Luthor, while others feel he lacks a certain...presence to properly portray Supes' most dauntless foe. In an in-depth interview with CBR, the man who's voiced Luthor in various DC animations more than any other actor gives his take on the casting, and reading through his detailed observations you may just come away with a different point of view on this!
"Well, he's a pretty specific actor. He's not a chameleon like [Gene] Hackman or [Kevin] Spacey. He has a similar smugness the way that Spacey does -- that highly-intelligent, super-smug, almost effeminate kind of smugness about him -- but he's way more current. I just watched "Now You See Me," which I thought he was terrific in. He has a really specific persona engrained that is super-smart. You don't necessarily like him, but you don't dislike him. You don't necessarily think he's a good, fun guy -- you see him as a real quirky, weird dude. You don't completely trust him, although he's kind of adorable in his nerdy way.
I think Lex has that. Lex is attractive in all the things that shouldn't be attractive -- or aren't traditionally attractive in comic books -- his intelligence and his ambition and his ego and all the rest of that. Jesse carries that really well. Plus, I hear he's a really nice guy, which helps. It's why I think it shines through, why his attractiveness shines through, because deep down he's a good guy. But he also has this kind of intellectual persona that's unsettling. It's almost reptilian, which is something I think Lex carries with him."
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