Sean Parker on The Social Network's 'Sean Parker': 'He's a Morally Reprehensible Human Being'
The hits just keep on coming for The Social Network. From comparisons between Mark Zuckerberg and Bernie Madoff to a potentially game-changing loss to The King's Speech at the Producers Guild Awards over the weekend, the assumed Oscar frontrunner feels decidedly wobbly as it heads into these final, pre-nomination hours. And here comes another poke: Speaking at a tech conference in Germany over the weekend, Napster founder Sean Parker finally gave his review of The Social Network and Justin Timberlake's performance. Was he impressed?
To an extent. "I have deep respect for David Fincher -- I think he's a brilliant filmmaker; he's technically doing things that no other filmmaker is doing. The film is beautifully shot, the cinematography is amazing," said Parker, reverentially. "It's just a gorgeous film. It feels incredibly timely, it feels of the moment. It's a complete work of fiction." Ah, there's the rub. Continued Parker:
The most frustrating thing about the film from my perspective is that -- it's not the scene at the end, where there's a party and drug use occurring. I kinda wish my life was that cool. I'm a geek from Silicon Valley. And there are no Victoria's Secret models in Silicon Valley.
The part of the movie that frustrated me, is actually the scene at the end, where the character played by Justin Timberlake -- who happens to have my name -- basically writes a check to Eduardo, who I also -- I consider Eduardo a friend of mine, I'm one of the few people at Facebook who still interacts with Eduardo -- and throws it in his face and has security escort him out of the building. And that's just rude. This guy in the movie, he's basically -- he's a morally reprehensible human being.
At that point, Parker stood up and revealed himself to be wearing a "Team King's Speech" t-shirt. OK, that's not true, but clearly he has some factual issues with Aaron Sorkin's script. Still, cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth is probably walking a little taller right now. Watch Parker's full review below.
· Video: Sean Parker on No Victoria Secret Models in Silicon Valley (What?!?!) [All Things Digital via Huffington Post]