Jesse Eisenberg Tells Israeli Audience He Doesn't Feel 'Endangered'
"Israel is a wonderful country, and it is an unfortunate time, of course, for people living here, but for me this has been a very good week," the actor said during his first-ever visit to Israel.
Despite recent headlines of musical acts canceling their scheduled visits to Israel, the incessant rocket attacks throughout Operation Protective Edge cannot keep Lex Luthor away.
Jesse Eisenberg, the Oscar-nominated actor for The Social Network who has been cast as DC Comics' iconic villain in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, made an appearance at Tel Aviv's Beit Lessin Theater on Thursday night local time, where a Hebrew adaptation of his 2013 off-Broadway play The Revisionist premiered. Eisenberg also starred in the original U.S. version alongside Vanessa Redgrave.
Speaking at a Q&A session held at the end of the play, Eisenberg told the audience and members of the press that he did not hesitate at all before boarding a plane to Israel earlier in the week — just shy of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's imposed security prohibition to fly to Israel, a ban that has since been lifted. Eisenberg's comments were met with applause.
"If there was any sign that I would be endangered somehow, I would have hesitated to come, but that wasn't the case," said Eisenberg. "Israel is a wonderful country, and it is an unfortunate time, of course, for people living here, but for me this has been a very good week."
Eisenberg further explained that while this might not have been the best time for his first-ever trip to the country, his visit these past few days included trips to such places as Jerusalem and the northern cities of Acre and Haifa. He said he was accompanied by an Israeli friend named Tal. He added that he hopes to visit the war-ridden southern area of Israel on his next visit.
According to daily newspaper Israel Hayom, Eisenberg's attendance in the theater was announced before the play started, along with safety instructions for what to do and where to go in case of a regional alarm alerting people about another rocket attack from Hamas-governed Gaza. The evening went off without any alerts.
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, also starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, is set to hit theaters in May 2016, with Israeli actress Gal Gadot playing Wonder Woman.