Director: David Fincher
Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake
Plot: On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history... but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.
While Mark forgets to pick up Eduardo at the airport in the film, Mark Zuckerberg actually remembered to pick up Eduardo Saverin in real life. It was changed in the movie to add more depth to the characters.
Zuckerberg stated to Oprah Winfrey that the drama and partying of the film is mostly fiction and that he spent most of the past six years focusing, working hard, and coding Facebook. Speaking to an audience at Stanford University, Zuckerberg stated that the film portrayed his motivations for creating Facebook inaccurately; instead of an effort to "get girls", he says he created the site because he enjoys "building things". However, he added that the film accurately depicted his real-life wardrobe, saying, "It's interesting the stuff that they focused on getting right - like every single shirt and fleece they had in that movie is actually a shirt or fleece that I own."
The ad executive that Zuckerberg and Saverin meet in New York is played (in a credited appearance) by Sorkin, the screenwriter for this film.
During one of the depositions, it is mentioned that the invention of Facebook made Mark Zuckerberg "the biggest thing on a campus that included nineteen Nobel Laureates, fifteen Pulitzer Prize winners, two future Olympians, and a movie star." One of the lawyers then asks, "Who was the movie star?" and the response is, "Does it matter?" This movie star was, in fact, Natalie Portman, who was enrolled at Harvard from 1999 to 2003 and helped screenwriter Aaron Sorkin by providing him insider information about goings-on at Harvard at the time Facebook first appeared there.
When Mark is posting on his art final under an alias, he is using the alias Tyler Durden, a main character of Fight Club (1999), another David Fincher film.
The Winklevoss twins were both played by actor Armie Hammer. However, Ralph Lauren model Josh Pence played one of them strictly from the neck down. His face was digitally replaced with Hammer's to make them appear identical, as the two men are unrelated and look nothing alike. The two spent 10 months in twin boot camp to match one another's subtle movements and rapport.
The real Mark Zuckerberg had never heard of an Appletini before he had seen the film. After he tried one, he liked it so much he made the Appletini Facebook's official drink.
Justin Timberlake was the only actor who met his real-life character (Sean Parker) before the founding of Facebook and this film. Armie Hammer and Josh Pence met their real-life characters, the Winklevoss twins after filming. The twins enjoyed Hammer and Pence's performance so much they attended a screening of the film.
The real Harvard president Lawrence H. Summers called the film's portrayal of his meeting with the Winkelvoss twins "fairly accurate". He went on to say "I've heard it said that I can be arrogant. If that's true, I surely was on that occasion. One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o'clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they're looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an asshole. This was the latter case. Rarely, have I encountered such swagger, and I tried to respond in kind."
Indian American Divya Narendra was played by English actor Max Minghella, who is of Italian, Scottish, and Chinese descent. The DVD Commentary with the cast stated that Minghella was artificially tanned for the role, which lead to a hilarious moment when Armie Hammer and Josh Pence met the real Divya Narendra. They decided to introduce him to Minghella and convinced him (as a joke) to speak in a thick Indian accent. Upon hearing him, Minghella turned white and spent the next 30 minutes apologizing profusely for his performance.
A good deal of the shots in the film depicting "Harvard's Campus" were in fact filmed at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, including the opening scene in the trailer for the film.
When Facebook hits one million members, the number 1,000,046 appears on the screen after Sean Parker requests a refresh. The producers purposely chose the number to correspond with the running time of the movie at 1:46:46.
Despite the "Erica Albright" subplot and Mark's depiction in this movie as being generally maladroit with women, during much of the period covered by the film, the real Mark Zuckerberg was actually dating fellow Harvard student Priscilla Chan. Chan, who was one of the very first people ever to join Facebook (on February 5, 2004), graduated from medical school in 2012, the same year that she and Zuckerberg got married. They had their first child, daughter Maxima Chan Zuckerberg, in 2015.
Shia LaBeouf turned down the role of Mark Zuckerberg.
Aziz Ansari auditioned for the role of Divya Narendra. In a New York Times article written by Ansari, he admitted that his audition was "horrible" but he did not like that a non-Indian actor was cast.