Awesome, Dear Boy: Joseph Mazzello admitted that part of the reason he took the role of Dustin Moskovitz was because he was exhausted from filming The Pacific and thought playing a college student would be fun.
Black Sheep Hit: Fincher sees The Social Network as this and is amazed that this became his most commercially and critically successful film, when it's so different from his other films, and what he's interested in:
California Doubling: The filmmakers couldn't shoot at Harvard and had to shoot at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. Some scenes were filmed at UCLA Film Schools in California. There are a few shots in the film that were sneak shoots of the greater campus area. A few places in the film were also sets.
Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield were both 26 at the time of filming, playing 19-year-old Zuckerberg and 21-year-old Saverin respectively; though they also play the characters a couple years down the line (2007?) in the Framing Device.
Peter Thiel, around 37 at the time he made the angel investment in Facebook, is played by Wallace Langham, who was 44 or 45 at the time of shooting.
Dyeing for Your Art: Justin Timberlake lost 20 pounds in order to look younger, Max Minghella tanned his skin to play an Indian-American, and Josh Pence and Armie Hammer (the Winkelvi) were sent off to a sort of boot camp in order to train as rowers and learn each other's physical mannerisms.
American-born and UK citizen Andrew Garfield playing Brazilian-born Eduardo Saverin.
Indian American Divya Narendra was played by English actor Max Minghella, who is of Italian, Scottish, and Chinese descent, not without minor controversy. The DVD Commentary with the cast stated that Minghella was artificially tanned for the role, which lead to a hilarous moment when Armie Hammer and Josh Pence met the real Divya Narendra. They decided to introduce him to Max Minghella and convinced him (as a joke) to speak in a thick Sim Sim Salabim accent. Upon hearing him, Minghella turned white and spent the next 30 minutes apologizing profusely for his performance.
Italian American Joseph Mazzello plays the Jewish American Dustin Moskovitz.
Follow the Leader: Back in 2010, the film's trailer creatively used an a cappella cover of Radiohead's "Creep" (sung by Belgian girls' choir Scala and Kolacny Brothers) to haunting effect; many viewers praised it as one of the most memorable movie trailers in years, and several critics credited it with managing to get audiences interested in a movie about the founding of Facebook—which could easily have been an Audience-Alienating Premise otherwise. In later years, several other films and TV shows have tried to borrow that technique for trailers, resulting in multiple other trailers also using haunting, minimalistic covers of pop songs, often sung by female vocalists. Examples include the trailers for X-Men: Apocalypse (which uses a cover of Coldplay's "Don't Panic"), Season 1 of Gotham (which uses a cover of Tears for Fears' "Shout"), Power Rangers (2017) (which uses a cover of Johnny Cash's "Walk the Line"), and Ghost in the Shell (which uses a cover of Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence").
Playing Their Own Twin: Armie Hammer plays both of the Winklevoss twins — well, sort of. He played all of Cameron, and Josh Pence played the body of Tyler, with Hammer's head digitally added in post-production.
The note Mark gets passed in class the morning after the Facemash incident, which reads "U dick," was supposed to be something more vulgar (presumably "cocksucker"), but would have cost the movie its PG-13 rating.
Had the school been more cooperative, the movie would have been shot on location at Harvard.
The opening credits were originally going to be scored to Pulp's "Common People" until David Fincher realized the irony of using a song nostalgic to him in a movie meant to capture the zeitgeist of 21st century youth.
Johnathan Groff auditioned for the role of Sean Parker.