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Sorkin offers apology to Zuckerberg over “Social Network”

It’s been a little over four years since critically acclaimed screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director David Fincher brought the story about the founding of Facebook to life in “The Social Network”, but it took until late last week for Sorkin to address Mark Zuckerberg, the film’s central character.


Zuckerberg was infamously miffed about his portrayal in the script for the film in which actor Jesse Eisenberg portrayed him, and last week, Sorkin said that he was sorry if the film hurt Zuckerberg. Appearing on NBC’s Today Show to help plug the final season of his HBO drama “The Newsroom” Sorkin said that he understood Zuckerberg’s frustration and that he would not like it if someone had written a story about what he did when he was 19 years old. Still Sorkin stood by the script, saying that it was never his intention to inflict any harm on Zuckerberg.


Apparently, Zuckerberg took umbrage with the contention that he started Facebook as a way to get girls to like him, a notion which the Facebook founder rejects. It would be like saying CipherCloud was started for the same reason. Sorkin won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for his screenplay about the creation of and subsequent litigation surrounding the social networking site.

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