Finally! After all of the hype, The Social Network is now in theaters. Earlier this week, we got to chat with Justin Timberlake, who plays Sean Parker, creator of pioneering file-sharing site Napster and early Facebook adviser. Here's what he had to say about the Internet, meeting the man behind his role, and his Facebook prowess:
On the importance of the Internet: "There's a line that Jesse [Eisenberg]'s character [says] about it being a finals club where you're the president. It's like it's a party and you're throwing it. That's kind of the intrigue behind having your own Facebook page and creating your own profile. It's your world. I would assume that's what it is. As we've been promoting this film, I get the idea collectively that none of us are really that savvy at using Facebook or any other social networking site."
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On Facebook's ultimate importance: "The accessibility and the instant gratification of having all of your photos and profile and everything lined up, I think that's probably what makes something like a Facebook or any other social networking site so great to people. I think that's the intrigue, we still wonder if it's going to create good things in the world or if we're going to waste away with it."
On meeting Sean Parker: "I briefly bumped into him here in New York one time, but we spoke for probably all of two minutes. Ironically I met him before I was cast in the role. There was a three-week period that — one of the parts of the zeitgeist that is the Internet — where I was going through and audition process and it had been announced that I was going to play the role. I went through a three-week period where it was like, 'Dammit, I better get this role since everyone thinks I'm playing it.' No, I'm kidding. But I met him before I was cast in the role of Sean Parker in the movie . . . He seemed very nice, but we didn't really talk about much."