After facing accusations of sexism and misogyny in his screenplay for “The Social Network” (my thoughts on the subject are here), Aaron Sorkin turned up at a blog belonging to TV writer Ken Levine to explain his choices. A selection:
I was writing about a very angry and deeply misogynistic group of people. These aren’t the cuddly nerds we made movies about in the 80’s. They’re very angry that the cheerleader still wants to go out with the quarterback instead of the men (boys) who are running the universe right now. The women they surround themselves with aren’t women who challenge them (and frankly, no woman who could challenge them would be interested in being anywhere near them.)
He added “I wish I could go door to door and make this explanation/apology to any woman offended by the things you’ve pointed out but obviously that’s unrealistic so I thought the least I could do was speak directly to you.”
Meanwhile, over at Time Out in London, director David Fincher offers up a sassy Q&A:
The dialogue at the beginning of the film moves extremely quickly.
‘The first scene in a movie should teach the audience how to watch it. I’ve got a contract for two hours and 19 minutes. I have final cut at two hours and 19 minutes. As long as I can make it in that time, I can do whatever the fuck I want. I held this 166-page script in my hand, I got the first nine pages, handed them to Aaron Sorkin, took a stopwatch out and said: “Talk.” He did it – it was funny. And that’s going to pin people back, and you know what? It’s not going to start in black as was written. They’re going to start talking over the fucking Columbia Pictures logo! If I could’ve put the opening lines of dialogue over a trailer, I would’ve done that. It’s shut-the-fuck-up time: pay attention, or you’re going to miss a lot.’