Jesse Eisenberg: Dumb comedies need smart actors

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Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride, and Fred Ward star in this 2011 adventure comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer. The story revolves around a pizza delivery driver who's kidnapped by two fledgling criminals and forced to rob a bank within 30 minutes.
September 16th, 2011

Jesse Eisenberg believes you have to be intelligent to make "dumb comedies".

The actor stars in '30 Minutes or Less' which tells the story of two criminals (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) who kidnap a pizza delivery boy (Jesse) and force him to rob a bank with his best friend (Aziz Ansari) after strapping a bomb to his chest and Jesse believes there is a "genius" involved with comedy.

He said: "You actually have to be pretty smart to do dumb comedies well. There's a genius involved with comedy - when it's good - that even the best dramatist could never even hope to understand. And I'm happy to give myself over to people like the director Rueben Fleischer when it comes to such comedy. Audiences get it, and that's the most important thing. Right?"

Jesse is best known for his Oscar-nominated role in Facebook movie 'The Social Network', but admitted coming face to face with Facebook founder Mark Zuckberberg on comedy sketch show 'Saturday Night Live' was unnerving.

He explained to movies.ie: "That was pretty remarkable, getting Mark to come on the show like that. It proved the guy has a sense of humour, and, hopefully, was more than cool with 'The Social Network'. Having said that, that sense of uncertainty that the two of us were having fun with on-screen wasn't entirely faked."