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Justin Timberlake, Aaron Sorkin deconstruct Sean Parker in ‘Social Network’ All eyes are on Justin Timberlake October 1 as he hits the big screen in what is arguably his first dramatic role, that of Facebook co-founder Sean Parker in Sony’s “The Social Network.”

In a profile on Parker, Vanity Fair explains how Aaron Sorkin’s take on the web mogul is “suave and conniving” as well as “pushy, greedy—and, yes, visionary.”

“A million dollars isn’t cool,” says Timberlake’s Parker in the film to Facebook architect Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg).

“You know what’s cool? A billion dollars.” Vanity Fair believes the real Parker is “more complex and more interesting, despite the considerable skills of Sorkin and director David Fincher.”

In preparing for the role, Timberlake actually approached Parker in a nightclub, to get some insight on his character. The internet titan wasn’t that generous with his time. In sum, he’s not pleased with the way he was painted in Sorkin’s script: he’s not that calculating or vindictive.

“He said he wanted to get to know me,” Parker tells Vanity Fair, “but I said, ‘That isn’t going to help you play the part [Aaron] Sorkin has written. That character really isn’t me.'”

However, Sorkin is clearly on to something in “Social Network”: Vanity Fair points out Parker’s foibles – many of which Timberlake nails on screen. For example, the real Parker is flaky, vain and a rancid party monger.

“Social Network” producer Scott Rudin kept a scene in the film that shows one of Parker’s wild soirees, inclusive of naked women adorned with lines of cocaine.

Above all, the real Parker, as painted by Vanity Fair, is egotistical.

“I’ve helped change the world, at least three times,” he tells the magazine.


Photo Credit: Sony

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