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Stars of "The Social Network" Discuss the Film & Facebook

Principals of "The Social Network" film. Left to right: Aaron Sorkin, Jesse Eisenberg, Armie Hammer, Tom Ashbrook, Sept. 22, 2010. (WBUR/Jesse Costa)

Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook and launched a revolution from a Harvard dorm room when he was 19.

The movie“The Social Network” – written by uber screenwriter Aaron Sorkin – tells the intrigue-filled story of Facebook’s founding. It’s a tale of big money, broken friendships, a lawsuit – lots of controversy. And it’s been toasted as one of the year’s best films.

We talk about Facebook, creation tales, and “The Social Network,” with the film’s writer, Aaron Sorkin, and stars Jesse Eisenberg and Armie Hammer.

-Tom Ashbrook

Note: This show was first broadcast Sept. 22, 2010.


Aaron Sorkin, screenwriter of “The Social Network.” Also well-known as the creator and writer of “The West Wing,” and writer of the films, “A Few Good Men,” “The American President,” and “Charlie Wilson’s War,” among many others.

Jesse Eisenberg, star of the “Social Network,” he plays Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  He has also starred in “The Squid And the Whale,” “Adventureland,” and “Zombieland”.

Armie Hammer, plays Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss — identical twin classmates of Mark Zuckerberg who sue the Facebook founder for breach of contract — in  “The Social Network.”

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  • MarkW

    Sorkin *NAILED* it — if you attended any Ivy League college up until ~ 2005 then you can relate!

  • toni

    Ever try and deactivate your account on Facebook? I recently did that and they make it hard and pretty much impossible to do so. In the end, your name that you began the account with can never be delted. At one point during the process of closing the account about five of my FB “friends’ pictures appeared on the screen and it said things like, “Jen is going to be disappointed that you are leaving Facebook. She will miss you….Send her a message” Can you say CREEEEEEEPY?

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathancallen Jon Allen

    Whether you personally appreciate the web or not, it is a modern reality which is of growing influence, and it will help us to understand one another. I for one, feel that this is vitally important in an age when global collaboration will be needed to tackle global climate change.

  • Larry Dudeck

    I have been a listener of “On Point” for about a year now and have always found it interesting. This evening’s program (December 31st, 8:50 pm EST) was the first time I had to turn off the radio. Your guest (not sure who) is so inarticulate, he can not string together three words without the use “of” “um”, “er”, “you know”, “I mean”, etc., etc. He is just too hard to listen to.

  • Pancake in NC, not a member or viewer

    Since Facebook and “Social Media” are both so gargantuan why do they need the help of feeble little “On Point?” Methinks I hear gas leaking from the bag. “Oh, the humanity…”

  • Fall Girl

    I don’t think Facebook “helps us to understand one another.” I mostly hear what restaurants people ate at, see vacation/holiday photos, skip over youtube videos, or read cheery presentations of people’s lives.

    Facebook really does seem to me like something designed by a college student. It’s a big hit with teenagers and preteens, too. Hopefully they’ll outgrow it.

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