In an effort to better craft the role of a passionate environmentalist driven to radical activism, Jesse Eisenberg spent months working on an organic farm and living in a yurt in Southern Oregon. 

Speaking at the Venice Film Festival in Italy, he told reporters, "It just gives you a different sense of living. When you are planting the food that you eat, you feel a direct sense with interacting with the world for practical reasons, and alternatively you are feeling disgusted by a lot of modernity just by being separate from it. That is what my character believes in."

Eisenberg stars in the new eco-thriller "Night Moves," who along with co-stars Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard, plots to blow up a dam 

"My character thinks of himself as a soldier in a war fighting what he views as modern society that's been co-opted by business and technology," added Eisenberg. "I suppose there is a kind of irony if he is fighting to create a more beautiful, peaceful and sustainable environment, but doing it through kind of dangerous means. He views his acts as right and just, and he views the damage as collateral damage."

After its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, critics leaned positive towards the film - with The Hollywood Reporter calling it "an engrossing reflection on radical violence and its fallout." 

Look for "Night Moves" to premiere in the US on September 20th. 

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Jesse Eisenberg worked on a farm in preparation for 'Night Moves'
Actor says he spent several months working the land to get inside the head of his cold-blooded eco-activist character.