Trivia / The Social Network


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • 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.
  • Doing It for the Art: All of the extra money and work that went into making the Winklevoss twins identical to each other. Using CGI to painstakingly replace one actor's face with another's in every one of his scenes would be expected in, say, a big-budget science-fiction movie. But in a biopic about the founding of Facebook? It's unlikely that anyone would have complained (or noticed) if the actors playing the Winklevosses hadn't been completely identical, or if Fincher had just cast actual twins that weren't the spitting images of the real guys, but Fincher went the extra mile to add another layer of realism to the movie that nobody really expected.
  • 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.
  • Fake Nationality:
    • 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.
  • Playing Against Type:
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been
    • 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 it's PG-13 rating.
    • Had the school been more cooperative, the movie would have been shot on location at Harvard.