'Social Network' producer 'not cynical' of $100M donation

Calls Mark Zuckerberg's gift 'a very good thing'

"The Social Network" producer Michael De Luca doesn't think Mark Zuckerberg timed his $100 million education donation to counteract the movie's ruthless portrayal of him.

"I'm not going to be cynical about it," DeLuca told The Hollywood Reporter at the Friday night New York City Film Festival premiere of the film -- hours after Zuckerberg appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to tout his gift.

"I think he's joining the list of very benevolent philanthropic billionaires in our community and in the world, and it's only a good thing," continued De Luca of Zuckerberg, who was just valued at $6.9 billion by Forbes. "It's the honest-to-God truth. Anybody who does it."

De Luca also downplayed the Oscar buzz surrounding the David Fincher-directed movie, which was called "mesmerizing...a must-see" by THR. (Read the complete review here.)

"You know, you don't want to jinx it, so you never assume anything. We just hope that people love it as much as we do. You've got David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin working together for the first time. We're kind of still in awe of it, so you kind of just get excited to get it out in the world and see peoples' reactions. But so far, so good."

The producer also defended the movie's portrayal of Zuckerberg, who is depicted as awkwardly antisocial and focused only on controlling power of Facebook  at the expense of his co-founder.

"I think it's a movie that represents several different points of view, and in the best sense of the word, it leaves the final assessment up to the viewer," he told THR.
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