Naturally, the Jesse Eisenberg biography began when he was a small boy hanging out in his bedroom, dreaming of being a movie star.
All actors, almost without exception, dream of making it big on the big screen but only a few get the opportunity. Some build up names for themselves by securing a series of good films but usually success comes with the chance to star in a lead role in a block-buster movie.
Last year that movie was ‘The Social Network’ in which the story of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the hugely successful social media network, Facebook.com, is dramatically re-enacted.
It’s clear to see why Eisenberg was chosen to the play the role of Zuckerberg. He has a sort of geeky look about him, and his sandy brown hair means that the two do actually have a striking resemblance.
But most convincing of all is Eisenberg’s portrayal of Zuckerberg in the film, his nervous energy, intense intelligence and unwavering drive. Eisenberg portrays Zuckerberg as a fearless warrior in the battlefield that is computer programming.
Eisenberg’s powerful portrayal of Zuckerberg is no accident. In fact, Eisenberg is a seasoned actor who began his career as a young boy of fourteen making his acting debut on Broadway in a production of Summer and Smoke as an understudy.
His first screen debut happened in 1999 when he appeared in the FOX television show, Get Real. That show was cancelled in 2000 but Eisenberg went on to win roles in the TV film Roger Dodger and The Emperor’s Club.
His move to the big screen came in 2005 when he stared in a horror film called Cursed, which he followed quickly with an appearance in The Squid and The Whale. This film was very well received by the critics and was the beginning of Eisenberg’s upward spiral.
Over the next few years he landed various roles in a number of films including Adventureland, Holy Rollers, Solitary Man and Camp Hope. But his big break came in 2009 when he secured the lead in The Social Network.
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