Jesse Eisenberg: 'Social Network success was a surprise'

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A 2010 film version of the story behind the social-networking phenomenon that is Facebook. Jesse Eisenberg takes on the lead role of CEO Mark Zuckerberg alongside a handful of glowing young stars. Andrew Garfield acts as Zuckerberg's best friend and business confidante Eduardo Saverin while Justin Timberlake plays his rival in the character of Sean Parker ( Napster's founder). Rounding out the "Social Network" cast list are actors Rooney Mara, Joseph Mazzello, Brenda Song and Armie Hammer (who plays both Winklevoss twins).

July 4th, 2011

Jesse Eisenberg feels he did a "better job" in 'Holy Rollers' than 'The Social Network'.

The 27-year-old actor - who was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the movie about the founding of Facebook - thinks it is odd the film received "that kind of attention" because he doesn't believe his part in the David Fincher-directed drama is one of his best performances when compared to the Kevin Asch crime project about an Orthodox Jewish boy who becomes a drug dealer.

He said: "I've never been in a movie that's received that kind of attention. I know that David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin have been involved in movies like that. I thought by virtue of my involvement it wouldn't receive that kind of attention. I was very surprised that it has done as well as it has.

"I felt in many ways, just personally, that I had done a better job in 'Holy Rollers'. It feels strange, I think actors have this experience all the time where you've put the same amount of effort into a project and then one receives so much more attention than the other."

However, he did like the amount of time it took for them to get the scenes exactly correct on 'The Social Network'.

He added to Digital Spy: "The most frustrating part of working on a movie is preparing for it for three months and then getting two shots to do it, whereas working with someone like David Fincher - who likes to do a lot of takes - it feels like you have time to thoughtfully try everything you've prepared for."