Posted on Friday, October 15th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
Whenever a great movie comes out portraying real-life events, I’m always left wondering what the real people who inspired the movie might have thought or taken away from the film. And David Fincher‘s The Social Network is a good example of this type of film. We’ve already heard Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg‘s dismissive response: “We build products that 500 million people see… If 5 million people see a movie, it doesn’t really matter that much.” And we’ve heard that the Winklevoss twins liked the film: “”It’s a great generational film, it’s very entertaining,” Cameron Winklevoss told CTV “From my perspective, the filmmakers tried to tell three different sides of a story. I don’t think there (are) any conclusions and it’s really up to the viewer to make their own decision.” But what about Eduardo Saverin, who was played in the film by Andrew Garfield?
Saverin wrote an op-ed article for CNBC titled “Facebook Co-Founder Speaks Publicly: What I Learned From Watching “The Social Network”. Here is an excerpt:
What I gleaned from viewing “The Social Network” was bigger and more important than whether the scenes and details included in the script were accurate. After all, the movie was clearly intended to be entertainment and not a fact-based documentary. What struck me most was not what happened – and what did not – and who said what to whom and why. The true takeaway for me was that entrepreneurship and creativity, however complicated, difficult or tortured to execute, are perhaps the most important drivers of business today and the growth of our economy. … While watching the “Hollywood version” of one’s college life is both humbling and entertaining, I hope that this film inspires countless others to create and take that leap to start a new business. With a little luck, you might even change the world.
Read the full article on CNBC.