Could Jesse Eisenberg, the gawky kid from Adventureland and The Squid and the Whale, be on the verge of breakout star status? I’d say yes, after watching him on last night’s Conan (check out the clip after the jump). The 25-year-old did a great job of plugging his new movie Zombieland, earning big laughs from the crowd with a few of his nervous jokes. And through it all, he reminded me of some other famous people. Here’s the breakdown:
Woody Allen – 60%
The New York accent, the nebbishy stutter, the self-deprecating zingers: all classic Allen.
Michael Cera – 30%
Cera and Eisenberg have been compared for years, and it’s hard to deny their similar nerd vibe.
The Micro Machines Guy – 9%
Ifyoudon’tknowhothisisjustcheckouttheyoutubecliphere. Hear the resemblance?
Hallie Eisenberg – 1%
It’s true: Jesse’s lil sis is former Pepsi spokeskid Hallie Eisenberg (remember her?), whose brief career as a child star gave us schlockfests like Paulie (1998) and Bicentennial Man (1999). They definitely look alike, but let’s hope Jesse learned a few things from his sister’s time in the spotlight. (Rule No. 1: Don’t play second fiddle to a talking bird.)
How about you, PopWatchers: Did Eisenberg remind you of anybody else?
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