The Social Network is not a comedy
Despite what we've been hearing to date, one of the stars of The Social Network has openly stated that the film is not a comedy, and that there's a lot more to the film than that.
To be honest that's something I wouldn't expect from David Fincher anyway, however most of what we've heard to date has been saying comedy.
”It's certainly not a comedy. Most scenes aren't played for jokes. This is a serious movie. Imagine what happens with something real and you're telling it honestly. If I had to compare it to something, I'd compare it to an Aaron Sorkin creation, really compelling and clever and full of interesting facts and people who are really bright and are always having entertaining conversations.”
That's what Jesse Eisenberg said about the film to MTV through The Playlist. I like the fact that he says if he were to compare it to anything, he'd compare it to an Aaron Sorkin creation. Yeah, well he wrote the film so it is his creation you daft man!
However he doesn't sell it with that last statement. I don't really fancy seeing a film with lot's of “entertaining conversations”!
However the real stuff is when he starts talking about his character in The Social Network:
”...the script is so wonderful — written by Aaron Sorkin, 170 pages long. The character goes from 19 to 24. It's hard to look at interviews now with Zuckerberg, who has become the head of a big company and probably has people guiding him along the interview process, and then extrapolate what he might have been like in a dorm room at 19 with his buddies. You're always going to the script for guidance more than anything if you're playing a real person.”
That does raise some interesting ethical questions, are you really portraying the character from back then on screen for a historical retelling, or are you telling the character that the boardroom executive wants everyone to see in order to ensure the company gets great publicity, large audience exposure, plenty of media coverage, and show the company in a strong and positive light? If you're sitting there with corporate communication people around you guiding you through the interviews then it's most likely not going to be the whole truth.
Jesse Eisenberg says that the core of the film is the relationship between the two main characters and what you could infer from that is that there's also a fair bit of what happens with the deal between them:
”The main relationship is between Zuckerberg and the guy who bankrolled his initial endeavor and who's his alleged best friend — although this is all up for debate within the Facebook world — whose name is Eduardo Saverin. He was a business major at Harvard and they were in the same Jewish fraternity. He's played by Andrew Garfield. The core relationship is the two of them.”
It does sound like The Social Network is set to be a lot more dramatic than we thought, and that could be a really good move for Eisenberg. However it's definitely being billed as a comedy too, and you have to wonder what real life people, who are embroiled in relationships that seem to revolve around the alleged theft of ideas, are going to think of their stories told in a comic way.
I'm sure they're all hoping for a dramatic retelling of events that are telling their side of the story. I wonder what we'll end up getting.