After watching the film Social Network, I was most struck by the physical masculine beauty and on camera presence of the two actors who played Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss.
I was also extremely impressed with how the casting agents managed to find not one, but two of these talented actors to play the two different characters. I wondered how they were so lucky to find them, as I waited until the final credits ran to see their names before I exited the theatre.
Then I saw the names Armie Hammer as Cameron Winklevoss and Josh Pence as Tyler Winklevoss. This confused me.
How could the casting agent find two men who looked exactly alike who had two different last names?, I questioned to myself. I wondered if they were related in some way. I imagined they might be twins who were adopted out at birth to two separate families, unbeknownst to them, raised apart and later reunited as teens or adults.
So when I came home from the theatre I went on line and first looked up Josh Pence. He looked nothing like the character I had seen a few hours earlier in the film.
Then I looked up Armie Hammer and finally understood what happened.
ONE ACTOR TO PLAY 2 ROLES HAS GONE ON FOR DECADES
Apparently using the same actor in a film is not a new phenomenon. Hayley Mills played her twin in the original “Parent Trap” in the 1960’s as did Lindsay Lohan in the remake of the film in 1998 where she even danced with herself as a twin.
Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin each back in 1988 played respective twins in “Big Business” as did Jeremy Irons that same year in the brilliant film “Dead Ringers” where Irons played twin gynecologists.
Almost 15 years later Nicolas Cage played twins with the same look but two different personalities.
When Jeremy Irons, Lily Tomlin, Bette Midler, Haley Mills, Lindsay Lohan or Nicholas Cage played the two twins you got it early on in the film that the actors were each playing two roles.
AN UNKNOWN ACTOR PLAYING A TWIN CHANGES THE PLAYING FIELD
But in this film Social Network, it was different in that the actor Armie Hammer was essentially unknown. So it would have been possible to easily assume that there were two identical looking twins playing the role.
Fincher used a advanced digital technology now available to film the Armie Hammer as well as a body double who was Josh Pence, to have another physical presence in the scene. Later Fincher digitally added Armie Hammer’s face to Josh Pence’s body to create the illusion of identical twins. It was brilliant.
ARMIE’S USE OF 2 DIFFERENT BODY LANGUAGES FOR THE TWINS
What makes Armie Hammer’s acting performance outstanding is his use of specific body language with each of the two characters.
The different way he moves, his vocal cadences , and facial expressions makes it so easy two believe that these were two different people on the screen.
When Armie played Cameron Winklevoss, he played him more uptight and more formal. The formality also came out in his dialogue. His diction was more precise
When he played Tyler Winklevoss, he leaned back and was more laid back. His speech pattern was more fluid and he even used curse words as Tyler’s character.
I think that Armie’s performance was so great that I would easily see him being a contender for best supporting actor at the next Academy Awards ceremony.
THE REAL WINKLEVOSSESS
In looking at the real Cameron nd Tyler Winkevosses, they too have patterns which distinguish them as seen on their Today Show interview. Cameron seems more straight postured and in charge as he speaks to Matt Lauer while Tyler is seen more hunched over and more casual.
It is great to see the real story about what happened. I believe that they deserve credit for having a hand in the discovery of Facebook since it was, after all, their idea that started this phenomenon. They should receive credit and recognition.
Of course one can say that Zukerberg took it to the next level. But who is to say that would not have happened with the Winklevosses? After all they had a business plan beyond Harvard to have it available for other universities and internationally. Things evolve. Who is to say that they couldn’t have done the same thing as Zuckerberg did?
While 65 million dollars would seem like fair compensation to anyone, they claim that the deal, was undervalued by the information Zuckerberg and his team allegedly presented during the settlement process.
Personally, I think that since it was their idea and if they were not given all of the correct figures, they should be compensated with a large stake in the venture. It is the same thing as a writer having one’s ideas and information in a book, screenplay, or song stolen then seeing someone else reaping the benefits. It’s not fair and extremely TOXIC.
Having said that, even though Zukerberg is essentially worth billions of dollars, these two very handsome, articulate and well-educated real life twins will do great in life no matter if they get compensated for more money from Facebook or not.
They have the whole package looks, brains, and most important of all, they have moral character . Now that everyone knows their hand in Facebook and that it was their brainchild, the sky is the limit for them!