Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has said that he found the depiction of him in David Fincher’s 2010 film The Social Network to be both “hurtful” and “made up”.
Jesse Eisenberg (pictured right) played Zuckerberg in the film, which depicted the creation of the social networking site and his role in setting the website up. However, speaking at a public Q&A session at the Facebook headquarters in California last week, the CEO said that he felt the movie embellished too many things for him to take it seriously.
“I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about that movie in a while. I kind of blocked that one out,” Zuckerberg said. “I think the reality is that writing code and then building a product and building a company is not a glamorous enough thing to make a movie about, so you can imagine that a lot of this stuff they had to embellish or make up.
One moment in the film, in which a romantic break-up is used as the impetus behind getting Facebook off the ground, was singled out as being wrong by Zuckerberg.
“They went out of their way in the movie to try to get some interesting details correct like the design of the office, but on the overarching plot… they just kind of made up a bunch of stuff that I found kind of hurtful,” he said.
“There were pretty glaring things that were just made up about the movie that made it pretty hard to take seriously.”
However, Zuckerberg did give praise to the film makers for capturing the fact that he wears the same grey T-shirt to work every day.