After Aaron Sorkin's script for The Social Network leaked online, Mark Zuckerberg removed Sorkin's The West Wing as his favourite television show on his Facebook profile.
Obviously, the Zuck did not press the "like" button on the script, which depicts him as vindictive and conniving, and he has called it "fiction."
Does he have a point? Here's a list of how the movie might've fudged some facts:
- In the film, the fuel for Zuckerberg's engine is sex and status. He has groupies and cavorts with Victoria's Secret models. But IRL, he's dated the same woman, Priscilla Chan, since 2002, lives very modestly for a billionaire in a rental and drives an Acura. He had no input into the screenplay and has no plans to even see the movie. Above, the real Zuck, left, and Eisenberg.
- The film depicts co-founder Eduardo Saverin, Zuckerberg's now-estranged Harvard roommate, as a tragic, sympathetic character left out in the cold by his scheming buddy. Telling, though, that Saverin was the only person among the main characters to go on record for the film. Perhaps the best example of his influence is that the movie leaves out the fact that while still the CFO of Facebook he tried to launch a rival social network. Above: Saverin vs. Garfield.
- Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder who takes Zuckerberg under his wing, admits to liking clothes and has a reputation for partying. But doing cocaine off an underage girl's body? "Mostly made up," the filmmakers concede. It's still a mystery what, if any, input Parker had into the movie. No one is saying. Above: Parker and Timberlake.