‘Social Network’ Star Jesse Eisenberg Defends Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

'He prioritizes Facebook over his personal relationships. This is not something that I think is bad,' Eisenberg says.

Mark Zuckerberg made a lot of friends through Facebook, but he lost a lot too. And when moviegoers head to theaters this weekend to see “The Social Network,” David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin’s take on the building of the Facebook empire and the man that launched it, they will certainly be left wondering if Zuckerberg is really a bad guy.

The film, based on the book “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich, focuses on the early years of Facebook and Zuckerberg’s undeniable ambition. And if you ask Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Zuckerberg in the film, he’s really not as bad as he may come off.

“When you spend six months, 14 hours a day doing the same thing, playing the same role, it’s impossible to think of that role in the same way the audience might think of that role or the way the other characters might think of that character,” he told MTV News at the film’s junket in New York City last weekend. “You know, in the same way we can’t think of ourselves in kind of an objective way, that’s how actors have to think about the roles that they play.

“I didn’t think it was that difficult with this one though because he does things that are occasionally hurtful to other characters, but I think it’s always coming from a real place. He prioritizes Facebook over his personal relationships. This is not something that I think is bad. His interest is elsewhere, so he severs these personal relationships he has in the movie in order to take Facebook in the direction that it needs to go. I think it’s a completely defendable position.”

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