Jesse Eisenberg explains why he doesn’t appear in many movies any more

If you’re a movie buff, you’re likely familiar with Jesse Eisenberg for his portrayal of Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network” or as the infamous Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s DC universe. Others might recall his role in the cult favorite “Zombieland.” However, it’s been a while since he’s been a regular on the big screen.

His recent works include the Snyder cut of “Justice League” and the more obscure film “Wild Indian.” Over the past few years, Eisenberg’s film choices have been varied, featuring both blockbuster titles like “Justice League” and “Zombieland,” as well as several independent films that didn’t make a splash at the box office.

Despite the potential for more prominent roles, Eisenberg appears quite satisfied with his current career trajectory.

In an interview with Esquire, Eisenberg shared that he doesn’t typically watch his own films, focusing instead on the enjoyment and challenge of the roles themselves rather than the final outcome. He prefers working on projects that pique his interest and offer him characters he finds compelling to embody.

“I’ve worked with people who have made a lot of movies too, and they’re not always amazing,” Eisenberg stated. “I don’t watch the movies I’m in, so I really just focus on the experiences I’m going to have and what character I’m going to play and live with and feel like. So I guess I’m less concerned with the final product and more concerned with just doing what’s exciting at the moment.”

Eisenberg has participated in enough major projects that he doesn’t feel the need to pursue more unless something truly intriguing comes along.

Recently, when asked about potentially portraying FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried—who is facing numerous criminal charges following his cryptocurrency exchange’s downfall—Eisenberg noted that such a project could be executed well if handled by a skilled writer like Aaron Sorkin of “The Social Network,” though it risks becoming clichéd if not done correctly.

He also recounted an anecdote about his own near-miss with cryptocurrency investment during a film shoot, where persistent suggestions from a woman on set almost convinced him to invest. He ultimately found the process too cumbersome and abandoned the idea, which in hindsight, seemed like a fortunate decision given the subsequent collapse of the platform.