Jesse Eisenberg Admits He 'Cried Every Day in First Grade'

Jesse Eisenberg on the "30 Minutes or Less" premiere red carpet.
Jesse Eisenberg on the "30 Minutes or Less" premiere red carpet.
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Jesse Eisenberg, who helped lead The Social Network to eight Oscar nominations earlier this year, plays a man who’s strapped with explosives and forced to rob a bank in the comedy film (yes, comedy), 30 Minutes or Less, which arrives to theatres on Aug. 12.

In an interview and photo shoot with GQ, the 27-year-old made some startling and truthful confessions, including not knowing that the movie was inspired by a true story and that he feels like Big Bird when fans approach him.

Here are a few highlights.

On the movie’s real life inspiration: "The truth is, our movie is so different,” he says. "Yeah. I didn't know there was a germ of a story attached to it. Um. I don't think anybody did, except the writers."

On how he learned to be comfortable displaying emotions: "I cried every day of first grade in class, which meant I ended up getting comfortable emoting in a place where it wasn't the norm."

On what he’d be doing if he wasn’t acting: "I'd probably be a bike messenger if I weren't doing this," Eisenberg, who rode his bike to and from the set the day of the interview, jokes.

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