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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg reveals hilarious detail The Social Network movie got right about him

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg reveals hilarious detail The Social Network movie got right about him


Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed one hilarious detail The Social Network got right in its portrayal of him.

Not only is Mark Zuckerberg the co-founder of Facebook as well as the co-founder, CEO, controlling shareholder and executive chairman of Meta Platforms, but he’s also the star of the 2010 release The Social Networkwell, sort of. Catch the trailer here:

The biographical movie indeed centres its plot around the founding of Facebook, however, Zuckerberg hasn’t added acting as another string to his bow – his fictional character instead portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg.

The movie is based on the book The Accidental Billionaires (2009) by Ben Mezrich. And neither Zuckerberg nor any other Facebook employees were reportedly consulted during the making of the drama.

The plot summary, as per IMDB states: “As Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, he is sued by the twins who claimed he stole their idea and by the co-founder who was later squeezed out of the business.”

But is it an accurate representation of Mark Zuckerberg? And what does the Facebook co-founder think of the portrayal of him?

Zuckerberg’s character in the movie was played by Jesse Eisenberg. Credit: Getty Images/ Drew Angerer

Well, in an interview and Q&A session run by Business Insider in 2010, Zuckerberg explained one of the biggest things the movie got right was his fashion sense.

In a clip from the interview posted to YouTube, he reveals: “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.”

The film may not be fully factually correct, but it got Zuckerberg's outfits spot on. Credit: Getty Images/ KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/ AFP
The film may not be fully factually correct, but it got Zuckerberg’s outfits spot on. Credit: Getty Images/ KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/ AFP

Zuckerberg notes there are ‘a bunch of random details that they got right’ but a lot of things the film got wrong.

However, the thing he finds “most thematically interesting that they got wrong” is “the whole framing in the movie is the way that it starts is 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 the frame is that the whole reason for making Facebook and building something was because I wanted to get girls or wanted to get into some kind of social institution.”

Whereas Zuckerberg notes he’s actually been dating ‘the same girl’ since he started Facebook, concluding that filmmakers ‘can’t wrap their head around the idea that someone might build something because they like building things’.

Well, while the film got some details very right, and others not as factually correct, Sorkin ultimately resolved to the New Yorker: “I don’t want my fidelity to be to the truth; I want it to be to storytelling.”

So, make of that what you will, but it’s funny they made sure the costume choices were on point at least.



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