Thank goodness he didn't!
Andrew Garfield nearly turned down the chance to star in The Social Network because he thought making a movie about Facebook was a "crazy" idea.
The British actor has received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Eduardo Saverin in the critically-acclaimed picture, which is tipped for success at the upcoming 2011 Oscars. But Garfield admits he was reluctant to sign up at first because he couldn't understand why anyone would want to make a film about a website.
He says, "I said, ';A film about Facebook, really?' I thought that makes absolutely no sense… My first reaction was the same as everyone else. I didn't understand what that film could be. I had images of people typing for the most part!…
"But as soon as I knew David Fincher (director) and Aaron Sorkin (screenwriter) were involved I thought, 'They're pretty smart so maybe it's not that crazy an idea'. I read the script and I was blown away."
And Garfield admits he is pleased the film is being recognized during awards season, adding, "It's very special that people have responded to it with positivity and passion. The response is icing on top of icing that tastes very sweet and very nice."