‘Social Network’ Eisenberg on Facebook Zuckerberg: ‘Disengaged, aloof’

HollywoodNews.com: He’ll be playing one of the youngest, most controversial internet billionaires this fall season, but actor Jesse Eisenberg would just prefer to wait before he watches his portrayal of Facebook exec Mark Zuckerberg in Sony’s “The Social Network.”

Ironically, Eisenberg fits the bill for Zuckerberg: both are “nebbish, introverted and quietly confident” per MTV News.

“One of the interesting aspects of my character was disengagement, so the character is kind of a little aloof and emotionally, really quite reserved,” adds Eisenberg.

“I don’t like to watch the movies I’ve been in when they first come out because to me it’s only disappointing, even if the movies are great,” said Eisenberg. “I’ve gotten to be in some great movies, but I feel personally disappointed with myself, so I like to wait until the initial attention dies down and it’s a little more comfortable to watch them.”

In locking the personality of Zuckerberg, both Eisenberg and Fincher endured hundreds of takes.

“Why actors love working with him (Fincher) and why I loved working with him is because you try a scene in 200 different ways, you know he is able to edit together several different performances for each role,” the actor exclaimed about his director.

MTV News got the chance to speak with Eisenberg, 26, who has been balancing his time between the action-comedy production “30 Minutes or Less” in Grand Rapids, Michigan and finishing his undergrad anthropology degree.

“Social Network” bows October 1 and is already generating award season buzz. The film about the rocky founding of Facebook among Harvard’s white collars was directed by David Fincher (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”) and written by Aaron Sorkin from Ben Mezrich’s bestseller “The Accidental Billionaires.”


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