Prior to the release of The Social Network, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made it pretty clear that he didn’t want anything to do with the movie. He didn’t help the filmmakers make it, he didn’t give input to the story, and he wasn’t interested in seeing it. Obviously that last bit has changed because he’s finally opened up about the movie and all the inaccuracies present in Aaron Sorkin’s screenplay. See what he had to say below…
Over the weekend Zuckerberg attended a start-up conference where he was a key note speaker. He ended up admitting to the crowd that he had seen The Social Network and gave his first impression of the film.
“I mean, where do you want to start? I don’t know. It’s interesting what stuff they focused on getting right; like, every single shirt and fleece that I had in that movie is actually a shirt or fleece that I own. So there’s all this stuff that they got wrong and a bunch of random details that they got right. The thing that I think is most thematically interesting that they got wrong is the whole framing of the movie.
The way that it starts is that I’m with this girl who doesn’t exist in real life who dumps me — which has happened in real life a lot — and basically, they frame it as if the whole reason for making Facebook and building something was because I wanted to get girls or I wanted to get into some sort of social institution. The reality for people who know me is I’ve actually been dating the same girl since before I started Facebook, so obviously that’s not a part of it, but I think it’s just such a big disconnect from the way that the people who make movies think about what we do in Silicon Valley, building stuff. They just can’t wrap their head around the idea that someone might build something because they like building things.”
This also plays into the backlash that Sorkin has gotten from female viewers regarding the misogynistic tone of the film. The girlfriend that Zuckerberg claims to have dated throughout his time at Harvard actually appeared with him on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” last month. Yet, she’s nowhere to be seen in the movie. Why is that?
When it comes to biopics, filmmakers almost never get the story 100 percent accurate no matter who’s behind it. The Social Network was number 1 for two weeks in a row and it’s poised to become an awards favorite once the Golden Globes and Oscars roll around.
Even with all of its popularity it doesn’t look like Zuckerberg’s career has been negatively impacted in any way. No one immediately shut down their Facebook page and no one’s tried to attack him at the website’s headquarters. Most of us get it. Most of us get that it’s just a movie.
Have you seen The Social Network? Do you believe Sorkin or Zuckerberg’s story?