Updated: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 07:45:00 GMT | By Kim Hughes
The art of playing a genius on film

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg (© Reuters; Rex Features)
  • Ashton Kutcher joins a long and more-or-less distinguished list of actors who have tried to inhabit real-life dazzling minds (© Rex Features)
  • Mark Zuckerberg (© Reuters; Rex Features)
  • John Forbes Nash (© Reuters; Rex Features)
  • Alfred Kinsey (© Getty Images; Rex Features)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (© Getty Images; Rex Features)
  • Abraham Lincoln (© Getty Images; Rex Features)
  • Johnny Cash (© Getty Images; Rex Features)
  • Ray Charles (© Getty Images; Rex Features)
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Considering Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay, Jesse Eisenberg’s success playing the brilliant, mercurial creator of Facebook in The Social Network was pretty much guaranteed. Indeed, the film should have nabbed the 2010 best picture Oscar. The King’s Speech was great but Social Network gave the world one of the best bits of dialog ever, courtesy the character of Tyler Winklevoss: “We can do that ourselves. I'm 6'5", 220, and there's two of me.”