When “The Social Network” opens this weekend, moviegoers are likely to leave the theater divided about who’s in the wrong and in the right in the David Fincher-directed flick about the founding of Facebook. Its star, Jesse Eisenberg, defended founder Mark Zuckerberg to MTV News, and now another one of the movie’s stars, Justin Timberlake, is weighing in on the polarizing subject.
“There was a screening in Los Angeles and my friends were very excited to see this film and I was excited that my own friends were excited to see a film that I was in, so I scored some tickets for the screening,” Timberlake recalled. “And I took all of them and it was about eight of us so we carpooled and caravanned in two cars. When we walked out, we all went to get some dinner afterwards and immediately the conversation just started.”
Timberlake plays Napster co-founder Sean Parker in the Aaron Sorkin-penned movie based on Ben Mezrich’s book “The Accidental Billionaires.” The pop star-turned-actor said it didn’t take much for his friends to get into a spirited discussion.
“I just posed the question ’So what did you guys think of the film?’ and without me prodding or steering the conversation in any way … there was a couple of my friends that are married and watching her talk about who she empathized with and watching him say who he related to … that conversation and then somebody else chimed in,” he said. “It was split between every person there.”
Timberlake explained that, in the end, each of his friends sided with a different character. “I was like, ’Wow,’ and I think that spoke true to what people will do [when they see] the movie,” he added. “But one of my friends specifically said — he sort of brought some finality to the situation because he just wanted to eat. He was like, ’I don’t 100 percent agree with any of the characters, but I don’t disagree with any of them.’ Life is life. Things happen sloppily.”
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