This article, by Lynn Hirschberg, is a mixture of how Aaron Sorkin became involved with The Social Network and a candid interview with the famous writer. The article draws strong comparisons between Sorkin and Zuckerberg, even going as far as to liken Zuckerberg’s trance at the computer to Sorkin’s writing while on a drug binge.
Sorkin was attracted to the themes he saw while reading the novel, notably the quest to be accepted and what is lost when something is won. He did not originally know of the Winklevoss twins and Saverin subplots, but when he found out he decided to base the film around them. Sorkin was struck by the fact that every individual in the saga of Facebook’s creation was adamant that they were 100% correct in their own part. Sorkin is able to brilliantly weave this into his film by deftly delivering ambiguous interpretations of events as remembered by different characters. During the interview, Sorkin philosophically quotes, “there is no truth”. This sums up the overall theme of the film succinctly.
One of the most interesting moments in the interview conducted by Hirschberg for the article is a discussion of the opening scene. Sorkin spent a considerable amount of time writing the dialogue, and he felt that it needed to set the stage for the entire film. Fincher, being aware of the importance, did 90 takes of the scene. He was not satisfied until he felt Eisenberg and Mara were no longer acting. The scene needed to be very natural and off-the-cuff.
Do you feel like the dialogue in this film felt natural as intended, or were there moments where it appeared well rehearsed. To go along with that, why do you suppose it was so important for Sorkin and Fincher to portray their characters as naturally as possible? What effect does this have on an audience?