During one scene of The Social Network, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and his friend Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) attend a Harvard lecture by none other than Bill Gates. In the movie, the guy up on stage sure looks a lot like the Microsoft creator. And he sounds just like him, too. In fact, the resemblance is so close that we had to straight-up ask director David Fincher: Was that really Bill Gates in your movie?
“It was. We asked him,” says Fincher.
Wait, a minute. Really?
“No, I’m bulls—ting you,” he laughs. “It was actually this guy from Seattle, who I think on his website is known as the No. 1 Bill Gates impersonator in the world.”
While no digital retouching was necessary for the look-alike, there was one small problem: He didn’t sound exactly like Bill Gates. So Fincher put out a casting call for a voice double — and ended up with an unlikely winner.
“It’s funny, because I walked into the recording stage, and here’s this 24-year-old African American kid with dreadlocks,” says Fincher. “And it’s like, ‘Oh. That’s the voice of Bill Gates.'”
For more on The Social Network, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now. To watch Dave Karger’s video chat with the stars and screenwriter (part 3 embedded below), go to EW.com/socialnetworkvideo.
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