Tinseltown enfant terrible Jesse Eisenberg is at it again! In a story for the New Yorker's "Shouts and Murmurs," Eisenberg turns his poison quill toward film critics, penning a review of the fictional movie Paintings of Cole in the persona of an insecure, obnoxious journalist. As he writes, everything that could have gone wrong with the film, did: "It was inconveniently shown on the Upper West Side, written by a guy I envy, screened by a cute intern whose name was too confusing to remember, based on an idea that I poorly executed in grad school, and praised by the Times, which rejected me." Still, that doesn't stop him from offering a positive review, in the hopes that the studio will make it a pull quote. "I’ve always wanted to have my name on a movie poster" he concludes. "How cool would that be?"
Actual film critics took a break from complaining about faraway screening locations to tweet their displeasure with Eisenberg's jabs:
Jesse Eisenberg is the Rex Reed of film critic critics.— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) November 18, 2015
This is pretty much how that Eisenberg piece reads to me: https://t.co/LVl1IYPnms— Keith Phipps (@kphipps3000) November 18, 2015
making good jokes about critics is so easy it should be the standard sobriety test. but not for our Eisenberg! https://t.co/KOYQLsKrv3— Alan Scherstuhl (@studiesincrap) November 18, 2015
If Jesse Eisenberg doesn’t watch his step, critics are *not* going to be kind to Now You See Me 2.— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) November 18, 2015
Such a bleak world for female film critics that even Jesse Eisenberg won't mock us in our nation's most prestigious magazine.— Judy Berman (@judyberman) November 18, 2015
Sounds like Jesse Eisenberg has finally managed to convince Twitter he could play a ruthless villain. A+ BVS marketing.— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) November 18, 2015
@ReelChanger That piece was embarrassing to read. Came across as weird, uncomfortable projection more than anything else.— Jeff Eaton (@eaton) November 18, 2015
All of Hollywood is agog: What brilliant stunt will Eisenberg pull next?