Through this depiction, I have found that many people want to have actors who look very much like the people they are playing. I think this is a given because the movie is not just about the company, but also about the main people who have brought this product or company to life. A prime example of this would be Ashton Kutcher who played Steve Jobs in the movie, Jobs.
I remember when the casting was released for Jobs and there was an outcry from fans of Steve Jobs when they found out that Kutcher would portray him. Many people believed that it was a mistake, that the casting directors made a mistake and that Ashton Kutcher wouldn’t fit the role. However, as time progressed from when the announcement was made, I saw a dramatic change, physically, from Kutcher. And so did many others.
Ashton Kutcher was taking the role seriously, he didn’t want to disappoint fans of the legend and it also looked like he was taking his role in stride. He wanted to pay tribute to Steve Jobs as he wasn’t just throwing his part for the sake of making ends meet. In fact, it got to the point where fans themselves regretted their doubt in Kutcher because he was becoming scarily like the big man himself.
The Social Network is also another biopic but this time for the social network, Facebook. It shows how the company was made and its struggles along the way. But why was this film scrutinized, even by Mark Zuckerberg himself?
Many times, directors will make changes to a company’s timeline so that it can be more dramatic to watch. If the story is very linear, many people do tend to zone out. In The Social Network, you find that there is a lot of sex, greed and even to the unhealthy obsession of becoming rich and famous. In fact, the co-founder of Facebook, Eduardo Saverin, said that the film ‘was clearly intended to be entertainment and not a fact-based documentary.’ There was even a point made where Zuckerberg expressed that he was not happy with a film being made about him as well as the fact that the plot was not very factual.
Why is there a need for this sort of film?
While I was researching movies about companies, there were very few about real-life companies. In fact, the majority of them were about fictional companies and their rise. With the overwhelming response from The Social Network and Jobs, there is a niche for films like this. People want dramatic spins of their favourite person, company or site. People want controversy. People want to see what the fuss is about. They want to see why it’s such a big deal, why it’s making money and why people are buying from them.
In fact, it’s a little bit like our generation with Apple and social networks.
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