Armie Hammer Interview THE SOCIAL NETWORK; Plus He Talks About Almost Playing Batman in JUSTICE LEAGUE

     September 26, 2010

This weekend I attended The Social Network press junket in New York City.  With Harvard playing a big part in the movie (Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in his Harvard dorm room), Sony decided to hold the junket at the exclusive Harvard Club in the heart of NYC.

Anyhow, at the junket I was able to interview Armie Hammer, as he plays both Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss.  If you don’t know how Facebook started, the Winklevoss twins were a key component in the creation of Facebook.  I’d like to say more…but the movie is so much better if you don’t know the story.

During the interview (which I did with Dave Chen from Slashfilm) Hammer talks about the incredible challenge of playing twins, tells some great behind the scenes stories of working with Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher, and he also talks about almost playing Batman in director George Miller’s Justice League movie.  If you’re a fan of Fincher and curious how he makes movies, you definitely want to watch this interview.  Hit the jump for more:

The-Social-Network-movie-poster-David FincherSince I always think it’s better to know what’s talked about before watching any interview, I’ve time indexed the entire thing so you can watch the parts that interest you.

Finally, a big thanks to Dave Chen for teaming up with me, as I think the interview is a lot better because we worked together.  And if you haven’t read my love letter review for The Social Network, you can read it here.

Armie Hammer

  • How did his experiences as student #2 in Arrested Development help him with The Social Network
  • He talks about his career and how he got to being in a David Fincher film
  • 2:15 – Did he ever have a moment when he thought about giving up on acting
  • 2:30 – Talks about walking in and auditioning in front of Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher
  • 3:25 – Most challenging thing to film
  • 4:15 – The challenge of doing so many takes as he plays both twins
  • 5:10 – Talks about how when he signed onto the movie how he wasn’t sure how the final film was going to look.  And neither did the producers
  • 6:40 – The physicality of the role and how he played each twin a little differently
  • 7:40 – Talks about how they made it all work
  • 8:45 – He mentions an encounter with someone that saw the movie and compared him to his brother.
  • 10:00 – How Business Week has an article as they watched the movie with the real twins
  • 11:30 – His feelings about playing real people
  • 12:20 – When he was on set was he ever able to geek out with Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher. Tells an awesome story about filming in England and how he spent weeks with Fincher every night talking shop
  • 13:55 – He relays a story from one of those England nights. Talks about how Fincher started making movies when he was 6 years old
  • 15:40 – What is he thinking about for future projects and a type of role
  • 18:15 – Talks about how he almost played Batman in George Miller’s Justice League and how he thinks it would have been an incredible movie and unlike any other comic book film. Also talks about the art department and how everything had been storyboarded

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