Social Network Star: How I Turned Into Mark Zuckerberg
Jesse Eisenberg says it's hard to predict what Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg would think of The Social Network, the No. 1 box office hit about his life.
In the movie, Zuckerberg, 26, is portrayed as a back-stabbing, arrogant, socially awkward Harvard student who invents the popular social networking site that accidentally makes him and his pals billionaires. Zuckerberg has said he has no plans to see the movie.
"It’s impossible to speculate what the reaction will be," Eisenberg, 27, recently told UsMagazine.com. "I can imagine that it would probably be a little uncomfortable to see a movie about your life. I certainly wouldn’t want to see a movie about my life at 19. I’d probably be a little uncomfortable with some of the things I'd see!"
In trying to play Zuckerberg, Eisenberg said he read the 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires (written by Aaron and Ben Mezrich), on which the film is based.
"I watched every video, read every interview, looked at every photo I could find and tried to incorporate that into my character," he added.
Still, he told Us, "It’s impossible to imagine the truth of [everything] that happened. Having said that, we all used our imaginations to the best of our ability."
Aaron Sorkin, who penned the script, told Us the movie's positive reception has been "incredible" The film, which earned $23 million its opening weekend, is already generating plenty of Oscar buzz.
"If we don't get Zuckerberg's $12 for this, I understand," he told Us. "But I want a lot of people to see it!"