Revenge of the nerds hitting Harvard? Well, sort of.
Folks can see the supposed behind-the-scenes antics of the Cambridge ivy league school in the recently unveiled theatrical trailer for "The Social Network."
Word is that writer Aaron Sorkin, who penned the script for the locally shot flick "The Social Network," toured Harvard's elite final clubs, like the Porcellian and the Phoenix, for background research and inspiration for the screenplay.
Apparently, Sorkin checked out the Porc's elaborate mirror system which lets members see out while passersby can't see into the house. He also looked into the so-called "f--- truck" which carts in ladies from a nearby all-girls college.
While Sorkin had access to Harvard, filmmakers weren't allowed to shoot at the prestigious university.
Partially shot in Boston and starring Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones and Andrew Garfield, "The Social Network" is about the founding of the multibillion-dollar site Facebook in a Harvard dorm. The story is based on Ben Mezrich's latest tell-all book, "The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook. A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal."
Timberlake plays Sean Parker, the Napster innovator who became the founding president of Facebook while Eisenberg stars as founder Mark Zuckerberg. Andrew Garfield stars as Eduardo Saverin, a former founder who had a fall out with the social networking wunderkind.
"I just wanted to say that Harvard wouldn't allow us to film here," Timberlake jokes we he received his Man of the Year award from Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals. The musician turned actor is alluding to the fact that crews with "The Social Network" had to shoot the script's Harvard scenes at Wheelock College and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland. "My manager dared me to say that.”
"The Social Network" is slotted to premiere at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 24 and is scheduled for theatrical release on Friday, Oct. 1.
There's a travel-inspiration guide and a movie locations map for "The Social Network" in Loaded Gun Boston's star maps guide for made-in-Boston movie buffs.
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