Jesse Eisenberg Can’t Watch Batman V Superman
Jesse Eisenberg should be eager to see how his character Lex Luthor played out on the big screen following Wednesday’s release of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” — or maybe not.
“I don’t watch the movies I’ve been in, so I don’t like to see any of it because if I’m in it, I’m critical, just like how you’d be if you saw pictures of yourself,” the actor told Made in Hollywood while promoting the action-packed film. “The first thing you’d think of is, ‘I look like an idiot.’ So, could you imagine if you saw that in a movie? They film this in IMAX, so it’s more traumatic. I try to avoid it.”
This may seem like odd logic, especially considering the praise Eisenberg earned for his turn as Lex Luthor — considered one of the best in the Superman franchise, according to Moviepilot — but the “Adventureland” actor isn’t alone.
Read on for a list of other actors who have covered their eyes when it comes to seeing themselves on camera.
Jesse Eisenberg and 11 Actors Who Do Not Watch Their Own Movies
1. Angelina Jolie – “I never like to watch myself ever,” Angelina Jolie told MTV in 2008 while promoting director Clint Eastwood’s “Changeling.” “I heard it was [a] fun [film]. You’d have to ask Brad [Pitt], but I think he likes this one.”
2. Johnny Depp – Who’s to say whether or not he’s watched his films by now, but in 2009, Depp was adamant about his distaste for viewing his own work, telling David Letterman: “In a way, once my job is done on the film, it’s really none of my business. If I can, I try to stay in a profoundest state of ignorance as possible. I don’t like watching myself. I prefer the experience — making the film is great, the process is all fine, but then…then he’s up there.”
3. Jared Leto – “I’ve actually never seen the film,” the actor said on “Conan,” before covering his face with a jacket as a clip of “Dallas Buyers Club” was shown. “I’ve never seen myself in the film. I actually requested a sleeping bag or a small tent that I could climb into so that I didn’t have to watch this right now.”
4. Megan Fox – Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, the actress couldn’t bare to see herself on camera (at least as of 2009). Megan told Fox News that seeing herself on screen gives her anxiety: “I never [look at myself], even in still photographs. I don’t look at anything. I panic if there is a monitor in the room. I immediately go into, like, an anxiety attack. I’m insecure; I think most actors are pretty insecure.”
5. Javier Bardem – “The fact that I like to make characters doesn’t mean that I like to watch my characters being made, my performance,” Javier Bardem told “GQ” in a 2012 interview. “I can’t even watch that fucking nose, that fucking voice, those ridiculous eyes. I can’t handle that. But when I’m doing it, I don’t see my nose or hear my voice; it’s like there’s something stronger, bigger than that. And I need to express it.”
6. Julianne Moore – In 2013, she told the UK’s Daily Express: “I haven’t seen any of my own movies. … I can’t sit there for a premiere or anything. I like being in the movie more than I like watching them. That’s my big thrill, rather than seeing the finished product.”
7. Joaquin Phoenix – Woody Allen may be considered an actor’s best friend, but Phoenix couldn’t bear to watch himself in “The Irrational Man. “(Director) Paul Thomas Anderson got me to watch ‘The Master,’ and I saw ‘Her.’ Those are the only two I’ve seen. I thought I might be mature enough to watch and learn. To think: These are the mistakes that were made. But it’s still something I struggle with… Oh, this sounds stupid. Who gives a sh–?.”
8. Andrew Garfield – He did not watch his performance as the classmate and business partner of Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network.” He told The Hollywood Reporter in 2011 why: “I don’t want to be aware of what I’m doing,” he said, adding, “as soon as I am, I’m less open.” Continuing, “I just want to be open fully to the story and what that subjective moment is.”
9. Denzel Washington – He’ll maybe watch himself once. “I’m not a look back guy – you know, I haven’t seen ‘Glory’ since I made the movie,” Washington told ABC7 in Los Angeles in 2013. “In fact, the only movies I’ve seen more than once was when I started directing and I knew I had to direct myself in a movie, so I started looking at ‘John Q’ and ‘Training Day’ just to get used to looking at myself – but, I’m a forward thinker.”
10. Emma Stone: Always reluctant to watch herself, she made an exception for one big fan: First Lady Michelle Obama. Stone just couldn’t turn down an invite for a screening of “The Help” at the White House. “It was amazing, there’s simply no other word,” she told the UK’s Stylist. “Octavia (Spencer) and I were told just two days beforehand, that ‘Mrs. Obama would like to invite you both to the White House to watch a screening of The Help.’ I hate watching myself on screen, because I only see flaws I wish I could change, but when the First Lady asks you to do something, you’ve got to make an exception.”
11. Reese Witherspoon – Just can’t bear to do it, she said on “Chelsea Lately,” 2010: “I can’t watch myself. Who feels good looking at themselves? Nobody, right? It’s torture. Why would you want to watch yourself being stupid and pretending to be somebody else?”