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20 Things You Didn't Know About The Social Network

20. The Opening Scene Took 99 Takes To Film

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Starting off with the now iconic opening scene, The Social Network opens with Zuckerberg (Eisenberg) breaking up with his girlfriend Erica Albright (Mara), a conversation that sets off the chain of events that led to the creation of Facebook.

While the whole character of Erica was completely fictionalised, the scene is integral to the movie as it sets up the film's portrayal of Zuckerberg, quickly and compellingly.

Incredibly, the scene of just two characters talking back and fourth to each other took a jaw-dropping 99 takes to film.

As Mara explained:

"I was like, 'God, I'm gonna burn out, I'll get flat, it'll feel robotic,' but it never felt like that. Every single time, it really felt like a different scene and fresh. David knew exactly what he wanted and gave such specific notes, and because Aaron's dialogue is so fast and so specific, we had to stay on our toes the entire time. Me and Jesse really tried to stay fresh for each other, so it always felt very real and in the moment."
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