11 Biopic Reactions From Their Real-Life Subjects

Biopic reactions

It can’t be easy watching a movie about your life. Some people get extremely agitated when pivotal parts of their favorite book aren’t in the film adaptation, so imagine what’d be like for those people seeing an unfaithful or highly dramatized version of their own life shown on the big screen. The movie, especially if it’s popular, is going to be associated with their image forever. Not all audience members leave a theater saying, “I bet that one scene was dramatized for storytelling purposes,” so, if the portrait of its subject is unflattering or inaccurate, that can’t feel great for the subject.

Many folks featured in bio movies have felt left the theater not feeling so hot on how they’ve been depicted, while others have been pleased with the results. Learn about a few biopic reactions from the subjects after the jump.

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mark zuckerberg social network

Way back when The Social Network was about to come out, there was all this talk about how Mark Zuckerberg was pissed off about it and never planned to see it. But he did, and he’s spoken out a few times about how inaccurate it was. Now he’s gotten even more in-depth with his thoughts, frankly admitting that he found the whole thing “kind of hurtful.”

Read the reaction from Mark Zuckerberg on The Social Network after the jump.

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One of the most interesting behind the scenes facts about The Social Network is that Jesse Eisenberg never met the real life person he was playing, Mark Zuckerberg, the man behind Facebook. Well, Eisenberg was on NBC’s Saturday Night Live last night and finally, offically, met Zuckerberg in real life. Check out the clip after the jump. Read More »

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Mark Zuckerberg has spoken out on The Social Network a couple of times before, once on Oprah—”I’m going to promise you, this is my life, so I know it’s not so dramatic”—and then again in an interview with Mashable—”We build products that 500 million people see… If 5 million people see a movie, it doesn’t really matter that much”. In neither of those instances did he elaborate too heavily on what issues, if any, he had with the film and its portrayal of him. Now, finally, Zuckerberg has taken to task the veracity of the picture, pinpointing what he believes to be its biggest disconnect from reality. Read More »

The Truth Behind The Social Network

The Social Network

Have you ever wondered about the truth behind the people and events portrayed in David Fincher‘s The Social Network? Do Final Clubs exist? Did Mark Zuckerberg really call his girlfriend a “Bitch” in a blog post while creating Facemash? Was Facemash real? If so, how did it get 22,000 hits when Harvard doesn’t have that many students? Was Rooney Mara‘s character Erica Albright even a real person? How come Zuckerberg’s current and long-time girlfriend Priscilla Chan isn’t even mentioned in the movie? Was that really Bill Gates? Has Zuckerberg seen the movie, and if so, what does he think? If some of the facts are changed, why doesn’t Mark or Facebook sue? Find out the answers to these questions and more, after the jump.

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Spoiler Warning: The Social Network is not a movie that can be spoiled by mere plot details, as most of those plot details are revealed within the first 20 minutes. Regardless, if you’re hoping to go into the film fresh, you should obviously avoid this review.

There’s a hopeful, almost celebratory moment in The Social Network when Napster-creator Sean Parker declares to Facebook-creator Mark Zuckerberg, “This is our time!” And that, at its core, is what the film is about: the era of the geek; the triumph of the reject; the rebellion of the social outcast. Where once business relied heavily on having a wealthy, privileged, image-centric mediator to buy and sell smarter people’s work, the Internet has made way for a generation of 20-somethings that no longer need to rely on the societal rules of generations past to secure a billion dollar enterprise. In this digital age, geeks have a platform filled with possibilities, and as the president of Harvard so succinctly puts it, “Inventing a job is better than getting one.” In this digital age, the geeks rule. And with their newfound power, they say “Fuck you” to those unwilling to accept that they are no longer in control.

Tragically, for many of the well-meaning characters in The Social Network, they are on the receiving end of that “Fuck you”.

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Some people are claiming the Aaron Sorkin-penned David Fincher-directed movie The Social Network is a bit over-dramatized compared to the real version of events. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has decided to finally tell his side of the story, and has written, directed, and stars in his own version of the story (okay, not really, but lets pretend). Watch the faux trailer after the jump.
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Mark Zuckerberg has dismissed the upcoming David Fincher film The Social Network as a work of fiction, and has even said that he has no interest or plans to ever see it. However, the Facebook co-founder and CEO was supposedly spotted at a Washington-based screening of the film last night. We have found a couple reports on Twitter from people who claim to have seen “Zuck” at a screening.

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