Jesse Eisenberg Explains What Went Wrong During His 'Batman v Superman' Scene

The actor told Jimmy Fallon why Lex Luthor is particularly "exhausted and apologetic" during what should have been "a very confident, villainous greeting."
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Jesse Eisenberg and Jimmy Fallon

As Lex Luthor, Jesse Eisenberg is tasked with being the intimidating villain of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

But in one scene of the upcoming Warner Bros. release, the actor is supposed to make a key entrance by effortlessly scoring a three-pointer — without looking at the basket. 

"I'm good at basketball but I'm also relegated to me, so I have a ceiling that's very low of being good," he first explained to Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday's episode of The Tonight Show.

Eisenberg made the shot with no special effects and without the use of a stunt-person. "It was great, but that was like the thirtieth take! I was making them all day," he explained. "And then the pressure was so intense!"

"And then the character has to turn around and have this very confident, villainous greeting to these people," he continued, "but I just looked like someone who had made a shot after thirty baskets, which is exhausted and apologetic. ... Lex Luthor is really apologetic because it was a difficult shot."

Though Eisenberg has a role in the big-budget superhero flick opposite Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, whom he described as "strong, beautiful people," the actor noted of his experience, "This character I play is so emotional, interesting and multifaceted, it felt like I was doing a smaller, kitchen-sink independent movie where you're playing a great character. It just happened to be on this massive scale."

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