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Jesse Eisenberg Only Half-Committed to Promoting New Movie

“I’ll do anything I can, short of taking my shirt off.” —Jesse Eisenberg on promoting his upcoming movie The Living Wake [Movieline]

“[I had] hit a ceiling as a musician. I tried to play the piano and that didn’t work, and I tried to sing and I wasn’t hitting all my notes, so I began taking acting classes and they just opened me up. It was like the birth of a new creative life for me.” —Common [LAT]

“I used to want to be a rapper when I was, like, 14. I grew up watching American movies and stuff.” —Robert Pattinson [Oprah via Celebrity Gossip]

“I gained 35 pounds for the role. I could have worn a suit to enhance my weight, but I didn’t want to go that route. I did it the way he did: I went to McDonald’s every day.” —Dennis Quaid on preparing to play Bill Clinton for HBO’s The Special Relationship [PopEater]

“I remember doing a bit the other day. I was half way up a rock face and had diarrhea. I’m trying to sort of get off of this rock, and I realized it was all about to happen. I had to just say to the camera man ‘Listen, turn the camera off, I’ve got to go. Now.’ I was hanging there with my hands, had one toe on the face beneath me, and I’m trying to get my trousers down. And there’s just diarrhea in free air. I look up and see this red light blinking and he’s like ‘You’ve got to be joking, this is great!’ You think that would never get on TV, but it does. You think ‘Is nothing sacred any longer?!’” —Bear Grylls on shooting Man vs. Wild [BWE]

“I have a knife collection. My favorite’s my switchblade. … It relaxes me to flick it.” —Taylor Momsen [Sun UK]

“I had a very intense decade making movies. Everything about my life came down to what happened between action and cut. I was proving myself as an actor. I’m a lot calmer now.” —Russell Crowe [Parade]

Jesse Eisenberg Only Half-Committed to Promoting New Movie