Monday, 18 October 2010

Meet The Filmmakers: The Social Network

Image: Fohnjang Ghebdinga/Fohnhouse

The cast and screenwriter of The Social Network were in town last week to promote their new movie, so we took ourselves along to a gathering in central London to hear what Jessie Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield and Aaron Sorkin had to say about the David Fincher directed story.

Released at the weekend, The Social Network tells the tale of the inception of Facebook. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the infamous site, in the words of Sorkin, “Facebook was invented by a 19-year-old Harvard sophomore named Mark Zuckerberg in 2003.” “What started as a dorm room operation then became, in the blink of an eye, what it is today, 500 million members; if it were a country it would be the third largest country in the world.”

With Facebook having such status, it could be assumed that the actors were under great pressure to portray the founding characters, but for Eisenberg, the experience wasn’t all that daunting, as he had access to video clips and footage of Zuckerberg, “I initially expected it to be limiting to play somebody real … but I actually found it very freeing.”

In addition to Zuckerberg, the movie also features a portrayal of co-founder Eduardo Saverin, whom Garfield described as “the male girlfriend of the relationship” whose alliance with Mark changes when Napster co-founder Sean Parker enters the equation: “as Sean Parker, Justin’s character, is introduced, it becomes a non-sexual love triangle, where one of us gets replaced in Mark’s life.”

Timberlake echoed Garfield’s sentiments, adding, “I keep hearing that Eduardo is the angel and Sean is the devil, but I would put them in the category of the tortoise and the hare … I think what Sean has done in the past makes him cavalier or almost legendary to Mark’s character, as it’s written in the film.” A film that seems to have earned David Fincher universal praise, from critics and audiences alike.

We’re off to see the film later, so stay tuned for our take on this intriguing story.


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