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Do you think The Social Network will be a true representation of Mark Zuckerberg? It seems like he is being portrayed as the villain.
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answered:    September 28, 2010
I think the point of a biopic is to capture the essence of the subject. The fact that Zuckerberg has been so polarizing (genius on one hand, villain the other) makes it easy for the public to choose sides and hyperbolize his actions and the founding of Facebook. In my opinion, that is the essence of the film. And it seems that's the direction the film will take.
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answered:    September 28, 2010
At the end of the day the call it "hollywood" for a reason as many adaptations of peoples lives have to be dramatized in order to create an enticing storyline. Now with that being said I do in fact think they steer away from his "true" life but I am a little skeptical with his "coincidental" donation right before the movie comes out. Now I'm not downplaying the fact that he donated 100 million to education, which I think is an amazing gesture, I think some people would agree with me that his image is supposed to be "party guy" who got drunk one night and made facebook...so he's trying his best to make sure people understand how little the movie is relevant to his real life. FYI I love using "quotes" =).
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answered:    September 28, 2010
I think at this point "reality" is irrelevant. From the early buzz, it sounds like the film is so well done that it stands alone as an artistic interpretation. Plus, people will believe whatever is most exciting and salacious, regardless of how accurate it may be. He's the most uncharismatic person I've ever seen during interviews, so it's hard to imagine him in many of the film's situations. Plus, villain or not, I think he's pretty well taken his place in history at this point. His recent donation to public schools sure felt contrived, and if it was than that effort to counteract the negative publicity may be some admission of guilt I suppose.
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answered:    September 28, 2010
The dude put $100 million down for school. What villain does that?!
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answered:    September 28, 2010
Very good question. I'm sure he will be, I think it's the logical explanation for all the preemptive PR he and Facebook are doing. Oprah appearance, Newark school investment... Look for a final PR push before Friday.
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answered:    September 28, 2010
This film will probably make him look like a villain regardless of how he really is. Overall, this is Hollywood and when has a film ever portrayed someone accurately?
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answered:    October 04, 2010
I highly doubt it. There will probably be kernels of truth to it, but for the most part, it will probably be grossly exaggerated and dramatized.  It's Hollywood, and a movie, after all.  Looking at the bigger picture though, I don't see why so many people are attacking Mark Zuckerberg.  He created a great social platform and revolutionized the way that people communicate and keep in touch with one another and his product is used by hundreds of millions of people.  And publicity stunt or not, I think it was a wonderful and very generous donation that he made to the New Jersey public schools.

For those reasons that I stated above, I initially wasn't planning on seeing this, but I may just see it now based on the rave reviews I've read.  It will be purely for entertainment reasons though, and not because I'm looking to watch a biopic/documentary on Mark Zuckerberg's life.
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answered:    October 04, 2010
as always, Hollywood will have to say about it. But one thing I am hoping for is a good adaptation of the book. I think my review speaks for itself.
http://www.lunch.com/Reviews/movie/The_Social_Network-1445381.html?cid=13&rid=172415#rid_172415
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