Aaron Sorkin on 'The View': 'The Social Network,' Facebook and showers
Aaron Sorkin revealed some of the secrets to his writing process on "The View" Wednesday (Sept. 29).
Sadly, they're not in the video clip above. It shows only the portion of his guest appearance where he talks about "The Social Network," the movie about the founding of Facebook which he wrote (David Fincher directed) and which opens Friday.
Among the writing secrets: multiple showers every day. Sorkin insists that he's not a germophobe, but he often takes "six to eight" showers in a day as a way to help jump-start his writing. He told Barbara Walters and Co. that because he can no longer rip a piece of paper out of his typewriter and crumple it up, he uses the shower as a way to hit his mental reset button.
(Walters, by the way, opened Sorkin's segment by telling him that if she were 30 years younger, she'd be all over him.)
Other key parts of the process include driving around and "having arguments with myself" and watching a lot of ESPN.
As for the movie itself, Sorkin -- who's not much of a Facebook fan -- says it's less about Facebook than it is about Mark Zuckerberg, who co-founded the site and is now a billionaire because of it. He says Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) comes off as an antihero for most of the movie but becomes a tragic hero at the end.
We're already in -- how about you? Will you be seeing "The Social Network"?
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