From a Harvard dorm room to a multibillion dollar enterprise, the origins of the dynamic trio who created the social network goliath Facebook is virtually unknown to the general public. Sex and the social network apparently go hand and hand. Who would have thunk?
Based on the Ben Mezrich's controversial book, The Accidental Billionaires: Sex, Money, Betrayal and the Founding of Facebook, the movie budgeted at $47 million tells the story of three college friends who revolutionized the way humans connect to one another - only to have an enormous falling out and go for a number of years without speaking.
According to an Amazon critique, the fictionalized tale shows us how Eduardo Saverin and Mark Zuckerberg were two geeky, socially awkward Harvard undergrads who wanted nothing more than to be cool. While Eduardo chose the more straightforward path of trying to gain acceptance into one of the school's ultra-posh, semi-secret Final Clubs, Mark used his computer skills by hacking into Harvard's computers, pulling up all the pictures of every girl on campus to create a sort of "hot-or-not" site exclusive to Harvard. Though the prank nearly got Mark kicked out of college, he and Eduardo realized that they were on to something big. Thus, the initial concept of Facebook was born; what happened next, however, was right out of a Hollywood thriller.
My last blog on this topic, titled, "Facebook, The Movie Starring Pete Cashmore, Gary Vaynerchuk or Guy Kawasaki' was a tongue and cheek editorial that questioned why the casting director for this movie didn't select "real" social media gurus to star in the flick.
Pete Cashmore, Gary Vaynerchuk and Guy Kawasaki
Instead producer Kevin Spacey, director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin have settled on Jesse Eisenberg to play Zuckerberg, Justin Timberlake to portray Sean Parker and Andrew Garfied was cast as Eduardo Saverin.
Timberlake and the Parker role are integral to the plot since he was an early Facebook investor and the founding president of Facebook when the company was incorporated in 2004, but then later on became the founder of Napster and the online address book service, Plaxo.
It should be noted that Ben Mezrich never interviewed Zuckerberg for his book, and relied heavily on the salacious tales relayed to him by Eduardo Saverin. And since Saverin was basically forced out of the company by Zuckerberg, his objective recounting of what actually went down might be slightly tainted.
Nonetheless, Saverin hangs out a lot of dirty laundering, including controversial scenes of Zuckerberg and Saverin getting jiggy with some groupies in bathroom stalls and hooking up with Victoria's Secret Models.
So who would have thought that Facebook's back-story had so many juicy components. From geeks to studs, the founders of the number-one social network in the land seems to have scaled the summit both orgasmically and financially. Talk about bringin' sexy back!