The Social Network Trivia(Total Trivia Entries: 60)
“This idea is potentially worth millions of dollars.”
David Fincher’s favorite line in the movie is, “I’m just checking your math on that. Yes, I got the same thing.” To find out more trivia keep on reading.
Casting Screenplay & Production
In early August 2009 casting for the movie began and open auditions were held in various states.
In September 2009 Jesse Eisenberg was first announced to be attached to the project. In an interview in 2009 with The Baltimore Sun, Eisenberg was quoted as saying, “Even though I’ve gotten to be in some wonderful movies, this character seems so much more overtly insensitive in so many ways that seem more real to me in the best way. I don’t often get cast as insensitive people, so it feels very comfortable; fresh and exciting, as if you never have to worry about the audience. Not that I worry about the audience anyway, it should be just the furthest thing from your mind. The Social Network is the biggest relief I’ve ever had in a movie.”
Jesse Eisenberg, is actually older than the person he is playing, as he was born in 1983 and Mark Zuckerberg was born in 1984.
Jesse Eisenberg, who is diagnosed with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, commented in an interview that one of the hardest things about the role was having to deliberately speak and behave in a manner he had struggled against in his own personality his entire life.
Apparently for preparation for his role as Zuckerberg, Jesse Eisenberg registered with Facebook two weeks before he began work on the movie and when production wrapped canceled his Facebook account.
As part of his research, Jesse Eisenberg read a copy of Mark Zuckerberg’s college application, in which Zuckerberg’s essay focused on his love of fencing. So Eisenberg decided to take a couple of fencing lessons and he quickly realized it affected his posture and the way he moved, and applied that knowledge to his portrayal of the character.
In an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer, Zuckerberg revealed that Eisenberg’s cousin, Eric Fisher, was a Facebook product designer.
Jesse Eisenberg and his cousin, Eric Fisher also created a wordplay site together called OneUpMe.com.
Shortly after receiving an Academy Award nomination for his performance, Jesse Eisenberg hosted “Saturday Night Live”. During his opening monologue on the show, he was interrupted by the real Mark Zuckerberg.
Andrew Garfield initially was asked to audition for the role of Mark but David Fincher saw that he was too good at wearing his heart on his sleeve to play such an emotionally guarded character.
In September 2009 Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield were confirmed to portray the roles of Sean Parker and Eduardo Saverin.
To help him with his preparation of his role of Eduardo Saverin, Andrew Garfield apparently came into rehearsal with a copy of Economics for Dummies. Jesse Eisenberg being inspired by that also bought C++ for Dummies to help him with his preparation, however, according to Eisenberg both he and Garfield only read the introductions of their books and then put them down.
Justin Timberlake was the only actor who met his real-life character (Sean Parker) before the founding of Facebook and this film.
In October 2010, the real Sean Parker told Vanity Fair that he did meet Justin Timberlake once because Timberlake wanted to get to know him better for his preparation for his role. Parker apparently replied getting to know the real Sean Parker wouldn’t help Timberlake at all, because the Parker from Aaron Sorkin’s script has little to do with the real person.
Justin Timberlake felt that making himself look skinnier would make him look younger, so he lost 15 to 17 pounds for his role in this movie.
In October 2009, the following actors were cast:
- Brenda Song – Christy Lee
- Rooney Mara – Erica Albright
- Armie Hammer – Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss
- Shelby Young – K.C.
- Josh Pence – body double for Tyler Winklevoss
- Max Minghella – Divya Narendra
- Dakota Johnson – Amelia Ritter
As director, David Fincher, was unable to find any suitable identical twin actors to play the real-life identical twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, two unrelated actors were hired to play each brother; Armie Hammer as Cameron and Ralph Lauren model Josh Pence as Tyler. Fincher thought that Hammer looked the most like the real brothers, so Josh Pence played one of them strictly from the neck down and his face was digitally replaced with Hammer’s to make them appear identical, as the two men are unrelated and look nothing alike. The visual effects team photographed Hammer speaking Tyler’s lines and created a computer-generated model of his face to paste over Pence’s. Traditional split-screen work, with Hammer’s separate performances as each brother stitched together in the same frame, was also used. The two actors also spent 10 months in twin boot camp to match one another’s subtle movements and rapport.
Armie Hammer and Josh Pence met their real-life characters, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, after filming. The twins enjoyed Hammer and Pence’s performance so much they attended a couple screenings of the film.
Josh Pence was on a Rowing Team in his college years and apparently even rowed against the Winklevoss twins.
Armie Hammer and Josh Pence recounted on the DVD commentary meeting with the real Divya Narendra and taking him to meet actor Max Minghella, who plays Narendra in the movie. As a practical joke, Hammer and Pence told Narendra to talk in an Indian accent, as Minghella had been worried about his portrayal and wanted it to be as accurate as possible. Narendra played along, much to the horror of Minghella. Hammer recalls; “Max just turns white and he just starts going, ‘I’m so sorry! I’m so sorry! I’m so sorry!’ And profusely apologized to him, for, like, thirty minutes!”
Apparently Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield became good friends during filming. According to Eisenberg, the dramatic rivalry between their characters was hard for the two because it affected them emotionally.
Director, David Fincher, has cast Rooney Mara (Erica Albright) in the role of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).
After casting the principal actors, apparently David Fincher forbade the actors from meeting their real life counterparts until filming was completed.
For the role of Larry Summers Alfred Molina was considered but eventually it was given to first time actor Douglas Urbanski.
The real Larry Summers stated that the film’s portrayal of his meeting with the Winklevoss twins “fairly accurate”. He commented; “I’ve heard it said that I can be arrogant. If that’s true, I surely was on that occasion. One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o’clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they’re looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an asshole. This was the latter case. Rarely, have I encountered such swagger, and I tried to respond in kind.”
Screenplay & Production Casting
Script writer, Aaron Sorkin has been candid about his objective, which is to tell a compelling story, rather than slavishly following facts. He’s been stated as saying; “I don’t want my fidelity to be to the truth; I want it to be to storytelling.” Sorkin also told New York magazine. “What is the big deal about accuracy purely for accuracy’s sake, and can we not have the true be the enemy of the good?”
The Social Network is the second Ben Mezrich adaptation that is being produced by Kevin Spacey’s production company, Trigger Street. The first one was “Bringing Down the House,” which became the movie 21 (2008).
The script was leaked on the Internet in July 2009 and in November 2009, executive producer Kevin Spacey was quoted as saying; “The Social Network is probably going to be a lot funnier than people might expect it to be.”
As Harvard has turned down most requests for on-location filming ever since the filming of Love Story (1970), which caused significant physical damage to the campus, in October 2009 filming for The Social Network began in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Scenes were filmed around the campuses of two Massachusetts prep schools, Phillips Academy and Milton Academy. Additional scenes were filmed on the campus of Wheelock College, which was set up to be Harvard’s campus.
In November 2009 filming took place on the Keyser and Wyman quadrangles in the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University, which also doubled for Harvard in the movie.
A significant portion of the latter half of the movie is set in Silicon Valley, however, the filmmakers decided to shoot those scenes in Los Angeles and Pasadena.
Apparently the opening scene where Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and his girlfriend Erica Albright (Rooney Mara) are breaking up ran eight script pages and took ninety nine takes to finish.
In the scene where Mark (Jesse Eisenberg) leaves the classroom and meets the Winklevoss twins in the hallway was filmed at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. The classroom he exits is in fact in a different building, Taper Hall of Humanities, and the hallway in which he meets the twins was filmed in Grace Ford Salvatori Hall.
During one of the deposition scenes, when Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) tells one of the lawyers; “I could buy ’em out of Auburn Street, take the Phoenix Club and turn it into my ping pong room” this is an almost identical line from Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The Wrap Party (2006) where the character Tom Jeter (Nathan Corddry) says about his father “I could buy his house four times and turn it into my ping pong room”, both lines were written by script writer, Aaron Sorkin.
During one of the depositions scenes, Divya Narendra mentions that the invention of Facebook made Mark Zuckerberg “the biggest thing on a campus that included nineteen Nobel Laureates, fifteen Pulitzer Prize winners, two future Olympians and a movie star.” Zuckerberg’s lawyer then asks; “Whose the movie star?” and the response by Divya Narendra is; “Does it matter?” The movie star that was being referred to was in fact, Natalie Portman, who was enrolled at Harvard from 1999 to 2003 and apparently helped screenplay writer Aaron Sorkin by providing him insider information about the goings-on when Facebook first appeared at Harvard.
During “Newsweek’s 2011 Oscar Roundtable” Natalie Portman revealed that she gave a dinner party for writer Aaron Sorkin, while he was writing the script for this movie, to which she invited a bunch of her friends from Harvard. She wanted to give him the chance to listen to first-hand stories about the social life at Harvard University.
In the scenes where Mark is posting on his art final under an alias, he is seen using the alias Tyler Durden, a reference to director, David Fincher’s Fight Club.
In one of the scenes Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) refers to the Winklevoss brothers as the “Winklevi”, using the Latin plural for nouns ending in ‘s’. Apparently Zuckerberg is a Latin scholar, having excelled in the classics while attending the Phillips Exeter Academy and taking advanced courses in subjects such as Greek and Latin while at Harvard.
In the scene where the ad executive that Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin meet in New York is played Aaron Sorkin, the script writer of this movie. Playing this small role wasn’t Sorkin’s own idea; David Fincher was reportedly very insistent that he do it.
The rowing scenes with the Winklevoss brothers were filmed at Community Rowing Inc. in Newton, Massachusetts and Henley Royal Regatta.
In the scene where Amelia Ritter says in French to Sean Parker; “Tu fais l’amour a la jolie fille”, roughly translated into English is; “You’ve made love to a pretty girl.”
Apparently David Fincher’s favorite line in the movie is during one of the deposition scenes between Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin, when Mark says; “I’m just checking your math on that. Yes, I got the same thing.”
In the climatic confrontation scene between Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), Eisenberg can be seen wearing an Arm & Hammer T-shirt. Armie Hammer, who plays the Winklevoss twins, is named after his great grandfather Armand Hammer, who is speculated to be named after the company.
In the scene where Sean Parker requests a refresh to see if Facebook has hit one million members, the number 1,000,046 appears on the screen. The producers chose this number on purpose to correspond with the running time of the movie at 1:46:46.
The original banner at the top of Facebook.com included a stylized portrait of a young Al Pacino. It was designed by Andrew McCollum, a friend of Mark Zuckerberg. In the movie the banner used on the website is a portrait of actor Jesse Eisenberg.
Apparently every shirt and fleece that Jesse Eisenberg wears in the movie is in fact something that the real Mark Zuckerberg would have worn.
The notepad that Jesse Eisenberg carries in the deposition scenes was in fact Jesse’s own idea. He used it as a way of assessing his own performances after each take.
At the end of the movie, it states that Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in the world. That honor actually goes to his former roommate Dustin Moskovitz who is 8 days younger than Mark. Zuckerberg held the distinction until Moskovitz was named “World’s Youngest Billionaire” by Forbes magazine in June 2010.
The Beatles’ song “Baby, You’re a Rich Man” is played at the end of the movie, which is notable due to the fact that The Beatles rarely license their music to be used in feature films and other media. This song does not appear on the soundtrack.
In June 2010, it was announced that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross would score the film. The soundtrack was released on September 28, 2010 in various formats under the Null Corporation label.
The movie was reported to be R-rated during production, but it finally ended up being edited down to PG-13 so as to make it accessible for a wider audience.
Steven Soderbergh was given a special thanks in the end credits as he lent the crew two of the four Red One cameras used in the movie’s production.
Mark Zuckerberg was not involved with this film adaptation of author Ben Mezrich’s biographical novel The Accidental Billionaires and he did not meet Jesse Eisenberg prior to, or during, the movie shoot.
Mark Zuckerberg originally never planned to see this movie. However, after the opened in theaters he decided to take several of his employees and watch it. He later remarked that, despite some of the film’s inaccuracies, they did get his clothing right.
In June 2010, at the D8 conference hosted by D: All Things Digital, host Kara Swisher told Zuckerberg she knew that he was not happy with The Social Network being based on him, to which he replied; “I just wished that nobody made a movie of me while I was still alive.”
On September 24, 2010, Zuckerberg stated on The Oprah Winfrey Show that the drama and partying of the film is mostly fiction, explaining “It’s a movie, it’s fun. I can promise you, this is my life so I know it’s not that dramatic. The last six years have been a lot of coding and focus and hard work, but maybe it would be fun to remember it as partying and all this crazy drama.”
Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz has been stated as saying that the movie is a “dramatization of history, it is interesting to see my past rewritten in a way that emphasizes things that didn’t matter,” According to Moskovitz; “A lot of exciting things happened in 2004, but mostly we just worked a lot and stressed out about things; the version in the trailer seems a lot more exciting, so I’m just going to choose to remember that we drank ourselves silly and had a lot of sex with coeds. The plot of the book/script unabashedly attacked Zuckerberg, but I actually felt like a lot of his positive qualities come out truthfully in the trailer. At the end of the day, they cannot help but portray him as the driven, forward-thinking genius that he is.”
On The Oprah Winfrey Show you can view script writer, Aaron Sorkin, response to claims that he represents Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unfairly in the movie and why the themes of this modern movie are as old as time.
Take a look at these behind the scenes footage:
Interviews with the cast and crew:
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