Jesse Eisenberg Exclusive -- Now You See Me Interview

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Jesse Eisenberg talks which magician inspired his character in the magician as robbers thriller Now You See Me. Eisenberg also chats reteaming with Zombieland actor Woody Harrelson.

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Now You See Me
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Interviewer: Really enjoyed the movie. Jesse: Thanks for going. Interviewer: How interested in magic were you before you started filming, and what training and research did you have to do? Because you look like you know magic in the movie. Jesse: Thanks. My character is the greatest magician in the world, so I tried to learn as much as I possibly could, except my guy would have been preparing for 25 years to do the stuff he does in the movie, and I only had like a month to learn stuff. I tried to learn as much as I can. I learned a lot of sleight of hand tricks, but some of the bigger stuff in the movie is too difficult for me to pick up. I was interested in magic growing up, but it always frustrated me to not know what was going on. The fact that I got to do this movie and play that knows how everything's done was a relief. Interviewer: Was there a lot of practice for you to get skilled where it looks real on camera, and do you still have a couple up your sleeve? Jesse: Yeah, I still know some tricks. I think I could still do them well because the muscle memory stays with you. I practiced for the 4 or 5 months we were filming. I would practice every day because some of the tricks I was doing were scheduled for the end of the movie shoot, so I had 4 or 5 months to learn stuff. I practiced every day. I would walk around with a deck of cards all day long. All the magicians that worked on the movie carried a deck of cards all the time. I had a lot of time to learn stuff. Interviewer: Your character's a little cocky in the film. You said he's the world's greatest, or thinks he's the world's greatest magician. Do you model him after any magician in particular, anyone that you've seen on TV or anything? Jesse: Yeah. I watched a lot of different magicians, and the one thing they all have in common, regardless of their specific style, is a confident attitude. I watched David Blaine, and he's very casual and appears calm and cool, but he's actually very confident. David Copperfield, who appears like this old-school showman is still very confident. I tried to meld those two styles. Interviewer: You get to reunite with your 'Zombieland' buddy, Woody Harrelson, in this film. What was that like for you, and what do you like working with Woody? Jesse: He's a great actor, so he's fun to watch. When you work with him, you realize how great he is because he's so endlessly creative, funny, and interesting. He comes up with the most unique things for his character to do. Like me, he spends a lot of time preparing for different ideas. Before we do a scene, we both like to come up with different ideas and write down different thoughts we have, and come up with a back story so that we can improvise with each other, and some of that back story will come out. We realize if we know enough about our characters, we'll be able to improvise with each other and come up with something really unique. Interviewer: Was there a lot of improvisation you guys got to do on set because of that history that you created for your characters? Jesse: The director, his name is Louie Leterrier, he was very encouraging of hiring actors . . . allowing these actors who he really likes, so he hired to play these roles and take on these personalities to improvise and it to bring themselves to it.

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Now You See Me was the surprise hit of the early summer and it lands on DVD and Blu-Ray, set to be a go-to home video of the early fall....

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