The Social Network – Fun Facts 10 Years Later

10 years ago, The Social Network was released and, I mean this seriously, the world changed for the better. The Social Network is a pairing of a master director and screenwriter, perfectly casted and filled with outstanding techs (not possible for me to go a day without listening to this score). While I could sit here and argue why it should have won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and should have had a few more nominations (yes, Rooney Mara in Supporting Actress), this is not what I’m going to do.

The Social Network may be turning ten years old, but it is still as fascinating as when the film was first released. Instead of making a list of my favorite quotes (“I’m 6-5, 220 and there’s two of me” is obviously one of the best) or going over casting what if’s (can you picture Shia LaBeouf in the leading role? What about Michael Cera?), I’ll just bring you some fun facts about the film itself.

Natalie Portman provided some Harvard insight for Aaron Sorkin.
Portman was a student around the time the film takes place and when Mark Zuckerberg attended. She’s also referenced in the film as part of a campus where Zuckerberg was the big man on campus despite “nineteen Nobel Laureates, fifteen Pulitzer Prize winners, two future Olympians and a movie star.”

A Bill Gates impersonator played Bill Gates in the film.
Instead of finding an actor, Fincher wanted an impersonator to play the brief appearance of Bill Gates.

The three leading men have all had Emma Stone play a love interest in other films.
This isn’t really a fun fact about the film itself, but still fun. Jesse Eisenberg in Zombieland, Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man and Justin Timberlake in Friends With Benefits

Zuckerberg uses the alias Tyler Durden.
If you look closely in one scene, Zuckerberg is using a Facebook profile and the name on the profile is Tyler Durden, a reference to Brad Pitt’s character in Fight Club, which David Fincher also directed.

Zuckerberg took Facebook employees to see the film.
Originally, Zuckerberg didn’t plan on seeing the film at all. He did end up taking some colleagues to check out The Social Network. He said the only accurate part of the film was his clothing.

None of the actors met the real life people they were portaying except for one.
Justin Timberlake did get to meet Sean Parker, but none of the other actors were able to meet their on-screen counterparts.

Most of the shots of the Harvard campus were actually shot at Johns Hopkins University.
Harvard does not like to have anything filmed on campus.

Originally, two actors were supposed to play the Winklevoss twins.
Josh Pence, an actor and model, was supposed to play one of the twins. Fincher decided since the real life Winklevoss twins were indentical to go a different route. However, Pence does play one of the twins, just body only with Armie Hammer’s face CGI’d on. Pence does make a brief, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance in one small scene.

Happy Ten Year Anniversary to the greatest film of the last decade!

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