(L-R) Tyler and Cameron Winkelvoss attend 'The Social Network' Paris premiere at Cinema Gaumont Marignan on October 3, 2010 in Paris, France. (Getty Images)more pics »
Thanks to The Social Network, everyone with a passing interest in film (the movie did more than $224 million worldwide) have heard of Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, for better or for worse.Aaron Sorkin, the film's writer, departed from his "these are good guys, these are bad guys" formula and allowed the audience to draw its own conclusions. So we were left to decide for ourselves who was right or wrong, or who was a dick and who was cool. Of the film's characters, the Winklevoss twins (played now famously byArmie Hammer) were arguable among the most complex. We caught up with Tyler, who's still on a mission, to get some more details. But again, you'll have to draw your own conclusions.
What are you up to these days? Right now I’m training for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
How has your life changed since The Social Network came out? Fundamentally, my life hasn’t changed at all. On the other hand, I now get recognized by strangers and more people know my name, but it’s hard to quantify how that really “changes your life” in a meaningful way. Zimbio: Know any good Jokes? Tyler: Ever hear the one about the guy who said he invented Facebook all by himself? How accurate was Armie Hammer's portrayal of you and your brother in the movie? The part of the portrayal which shows two guys with strong moral codes and ethics who are trying to do the right thing after a business partner betrays them I believe is quite accurate. However, I feel like Cameron and I are a lot more relaxed and dynamic than our silver screen counterparts, but that kind of caricaturizing and artistic license is inevitable in any movie.
Were you at all consulted for the film? No, but I was able to meet the crew afterwards and learn a lot about how it all unfolded.
Do you really own ear muffs? Haha, no.
What's your daily routine online? What sites do you most frequent? I find myself predictably using Google and Wikipedia a lot, Twitter more and more, and yes even Facebook! What's the best headline you've read about yourself? Hmm…there have been quite a few memorable ones, “Tyler Winklevoss, stop rowing your way into my heart,” and “Facebook row twins” have to rank near the top.
Don't you hate it when writers ask you the same question over and over? Years of being asked “so what’s it like to be twins?”, “do you guys ever play tricks on people,” or being called Cameron instead of Tyler has prepared me well for any redundancy journalist’s might throw my way.
Don't you hate it when writers ask you the same question over and over? Hah, refer to my previous answer.
What impresses you? Elegant solutions to difficult problems.
Between you and your brother, who would win in a fist fight? Hmm…we’re really identical.
Zuckerberg reportedly wrote you a large check. What has been your most frivolous purchase since then? We’re hoping to win our appeal and give that check right back to Mr. Zuckerberg and go back to litigation, so none really.
What do you collect? As clichéd as it might sound, I like to collect knowledge.
Who is your hero? My parents.
Do you have any regrets? Thankfully, none that stick out.Know any good jokes? Ever hear the one about the guy who said he invented Facebook all by himself?Follow:Tyler Winklevoss And his brother:Cameron Winklevoss on Twitter.