By Dave Karger
Updated August 03, 2020 at 11:13 AM EDT


When I sat down with the cast of The Social Network for an video interview this week, I had to ask them all what they thought of Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg’s recent $100 million donation to the Newark, N.J., school district. (Zuckerberg, pictured left, is played brilliantly by Jesse Eisenberg, right, in the film.) Of course it’s hard not to look at the timing of the announcement—just one week before the release of the not-so-flattering movie about him—and wonder if it was more than a coincidence. “I think it was met by the press and by the blogosphere with a certain amount of cynicism that he was doing that to possibly deflect or offset any kind of criticism that he was going to get,” Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin says in Part 1 of our 5-part chat. “I think it’s very unhealthy cynicism. I think that when someone does that, the only reasonable response is ‘Thank you, sir. Thank you very much.'”

“It was completely predictable by the press to call that trite,” seconds Justin Timberlake, one of the stars of the film. “That’s a lot of money to a great cause and I commend him on it.”

Check out the complete Part 1 below; the rest of the interview will run in this space in the coming days. Click here to watch Part 2.