The Social Network really did make Mark Zuckerberg look like a jealous, spiteful jerk, but no one seemed too concerned about his feelings because he owns Facebook. He’ll be fine. But it turns out that Zuckerberg was affected by Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of him in the film, and told an audience at Facebook’s first “town hall” Q&A last Thursday, “They just kind of made up a bunch of stuff that I found really hurtful. They made up this whole plot line about how I somehow decided to create Facebook to attract girls.”
This similarly affected The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, and Sorkin expressed his sympathy for Zuckerberg in an interview on Today, saying, “I get it completely. I know that I wouldn’t want a movie made about the things I did when I was 19 years old. I didn’t set out to hurt his feelings.” Now that the two have made up, they are presumably planning a kayaking wilderness adventure in Alaska together for some quality male-bonding time.