A Minute With: Actor Eisenberg on playing Facebook CEO

Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:00am EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Jesse Eisenberg has never been at a loss for work, having starred over the years in studio films like "Adventureland" and "Zombieland" and independent films like "Squid and the Whale."

Now, the 26 year-old actor is getting ready to take on his most high-profile role to date, playing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network," in theaters Friday.

The film, directed by David Fincher, is based on author Ben Mezrich's book, "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal." The feature not only chronicles how the game-changing website was created, but the lawsuits that stemmed from it in the process.

Eisenberg talked with Reuters about playing Zuckerberg and why he, Eisenberg, is not a Facebook user.

Q: The film is told from three different points of view: Zuckerberg's, his former best friend Eduardo Saverin's and identical twin brothers, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss. At the end of it all, whose view do you actually agree with?

A: "My job as an actor was to defend my character, Mark Zuckerberg, every day for six months, 14 hours-a-day while we were filming. Therefore, there was never any question for me personally that my character was responsible and right and even a good friend because that was my job. Once you stop thinking along those lines, it's impossible to play the role you're assigned."

Q: Have you ever met Mark Zuckerberg?

A: "No, I never met him. But I spent six months listening to him on my iPod every morning."   Continued...

<p>Actor Jesse Eisenberg arrives at the premiere of "The Social Network" in New York, September 24, 2010. REUTERS/Eric Thayer</p>