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L.A. Times Young Hollywood Roundtable: Jesse Eisenberg gets feedback

November 7, 2010 |  3:01 pm

It's no secret that Facebook has not been a big supporter of "The Social Network," the hit fall film that centers on the controversial founding years of the company. Jesse Eisenberg, who played Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg in the movie, tried to meet the terse tech whiz but was rebuffed.

During a roundtable Friday at the Egyptian Theatre with three of Young Hollywood's brightest talents -- Eisenberg, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield -- Los Angeles Times entertainment writer Amy Kaufman asked the actor if he'd heard from anyone at Facebook since the movie's release. 

Eisenberg, who has a cousin who works at the social-networking site, verified a report that Zuckerberg had rented out a movie theater so the company's employees could view the film. Afterward, Eisenberg said, Zuckerberg treated the staff to a round of appletinis at a bar (it was the favored cocktail in the movie), deeming it the "new drink of Facebook."

But perhaps more surprising was a message that Eisenberg's cousin relayed to the actor from Zuckerberg. 

"He wanted to say that he liked the parts he thought the movie got right, and he wanted to say that I did a nice job," Eisenberg said.

Of course, the self-critical actor took the compliment with a grain of salt, saying he felt "terrible" that Zuckerberg felt he had to be "diplomatic" about his response to the film.

"I realized how uncomfortable this must be for him," the actor said.  

Check back Monday for more excerpts from the event.


L.A. Times Young Hollywood Roundtable: Getting into character

L.A. Times Young Hollywood Roundtable: Getting into character

November 6, 2010 |  2:32 pm

When you throw hot young actors like Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan and Jesse Eisenberg together for a free-wheeling discussion, you never know what might come up -- on Friday, it was everything from appletinis and eyebrows to private planes and taking the bus in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Times entertainment writer Amy Kaufman sat down with the trio at the Egyptian Theatre to talk about handling the challenges of global stardom as twentysomethings. There was plenty of meaningful talk about the craft of acting. But there were also confessions of self-doubt (Garfield discussed his "stupid eyebrows" and his "stupid nostrils"). Funny stories about what first wowed them about Los Angeles (Mulligan recalled being awed seeing Mario Lopez on Muscle Beach). And quirky peeks into the jet-set Hollywood life (Eisenberg says he's enjoyed flying around on a private plane doing publicity for "The Social Network" because it's bigger than his New York apartment -- and there are no cats.)

Garfield, 27, and Mulligan, 25, recently starred in "Never Let Me Go,” a film based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s beloved science fiction novel about a group of schoolchildren relegated to a sad fate. Garfield also appeared on screen this fall with Eisenberg, 27, in "The Social Network," which revolves around the controversial origins of Facebook. And Mulligan had a key role in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."

Over the next few days, we'll post short videos with some highlights of the conversation. In this first clip, the three reveal how they approach the task of getting into character. Check back Sunday for more excerpts from the event.



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