Eisenberg on playing Mark Zuckerberg
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Eisenberg on playing Mark Zuckerberg

Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the film The Social Network based on Facebook, says he tried his best to do justice to the character...

hollywood Updated: Nov 17, 2010 00:57 IST

While it garners critical acclaim worldwide,

The Social Network

has also been panned by some for its unflattering portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. But, in an interview to


Anupama Chopra, Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Zuckerberg in the movie, says he tried his best to do justice to the character.

Zuckerberg’s character in the film is based on the book,

The Accidental Billionaires

, which was criticised for being “more fact than fiction.” However, Eisenberg says that his take on the character was based on the film’s script as well as independent research that he did on Zuckerberg.


“Aaron Sorkin wrote the script that is very different from the book. So, I was going first on the script. I didn’t even know there was a book. I didn’t know about it until a few weeks into rehearsals. I read it very shortly afterwards, of course. So I read the script far before reading the book,” he says.

“You know my job is not to write the character, my job is to embody the character, so I was looking at everything I could find on Mark Zuckerberg. And using that in confluence with this wonderful script to create a character that is incredibly focused and ambitious, but also occasionally passive. If you watch some interviews of Mark Zuckerberg, he comes across as just a very humble, simple kind of guy and yet created this thing that is so popular,” he adds.

The film, which shows Zuckerberg in a negative light, has been panned by him for being biased. However, Eisenberg feels he did his best to defend Zuckerberg in the film. “I think in this movie, at least from my perspective because I played Mark Zuckerberg, my job as the actor playing Mark Zuckerberg, was to defend him every day. So my hope is that this movie is not controversial in that way.”

First Published: Nov 16, 2010 17:10 IST