>> Five films in less than a year and now the stage.>> Hollywood star Jesse Eisenberg had a busy year playing Lex Luther in the major blockbuster Batman v Superman followed by the Woody Allen directed film Cafe Society but this might just be his biggest challenge yet.>> I'm Duard de Rive reporting for Reuters from Trafalgar Studios in London, where we spoke with Jesse fresh of the Cannes Film Festival, about his upcoming play, The Spoils, opening here this week.
The tragic comedy follows the lives of two friends in Manhattan, a weed smoking, privileged wannabe filmmaker who's lost his purpose and a Nepalese immigrant played by The Big Bang Theory's Kunal Nayyar. Although Eisenberg is no stranger to the stage, having penned two plays in the past, going from off Broadway to the West End can feel intimidating.
>> Yes, it is nerve racking. I am very much in awe of the theater that's performed in London and actually, all around the UK, it's really kind of a mecca for theater, I would say, more so than New York. It's less commercialized here. There are more risks it seems here.
A lot of it's government funded so you can do big productions of more obscure plays here, which I really like the idea of. We don't really have the same exact thing in New York. I'm hoping people like it. I guess I'm worried that they won't. But I'm always worried that people won't like the things I do.
>> It's also a two-fold for you because you wrote it. I mean, that the anxiety is almost doubled. Just as supposed to being an actor like, yeah, I'm gonna do this thing but as a writer and an actor, I'm sure the anxiety is doubled. But he has nothing to worry about.
>> Well, not quite. The Spoils opened this week to mixed reviews. The Guardian describing it as a comedy that's gone off, criticizing Eisenberg for not leaving his comfort zone.>> Folger calling overindulgent, praising Eisenberg's skills as an actor but wishing he would adopt a different tone instead. The Spoils runs in London until August 13th.