Wait, you created the roles with someone else? I don’t quite understand.
Neither do I, and I was there. There were two actors who portrayed the twins, it was myself and Josh. And what I would do is I would always start off as Cameron Winklevoss. We’d shoot the scene until Finch was happy — 20, 25 times — and then he would say “switch.” Like if you were playing Tyler, you and I would get up, I’d switch clothes and come back, and I’d sit in that same seat and I’d look at Josh and I’d go, “What did you do for that one part?” He’d say, “I raised my eyebrow.” And I’d say, “Nice touch.” When we could, we would shoot it like that, where I would play both roles, but when there were scenes, where the twins had to interact, he would be there to interact with. And then he would do facial recapture.
I think it added a sort of neat, creepy aspect to the whole thing.
Yeah, yeah it did.
What’s it like portraying people who are alive – and around your age?
I also portrayed a living person once before, and that was a much different experience because I was portraying Billy Graham. That was interesting because I knew over a billion people on this planet had seen how Billy Graham walks, and talks, so it was like, “I’ve gotta get this right!” But with the Winklevoss twins there was just not that need. And also, I think [director David] Fincher and [screenwriter Aaron] Sorkin didn’t want us meeting the Winklevoss twins and then saying, “Sorkin, the Winklevoss twins would have never say that, they don’t even like apple pie!” You know, he didn’t want us to come to set with an imitation of them that wouldn’t fit into the picture of the whole that Fincher was trying to create.
I looked you up, and you have the most interesting family that ever existed. How did that inform your acting in the film?
Not too much. I mean, a little bit, obviously. Like, “What would my great-grandfather do in this situation?” You know, having a thought like that [laughs].
The thing that informed me most about this would be my dad, and also my mom’s dad, both of whom were very preoccupied with instilling a sense of respect in us. You know, you respect your elders; you live life like a gentleman and stuff like that. So I just went back to everything they taught me that hopefully I didn’t forget and used that. And then for Tyler Winklevoss, I was just like, “I forgot it all, I’m just gonna do what I wanna do.”
Who do you see as more reflective of your personality?
Oh jeez. Both. Because I guess you’ve got to have a little bit of both characters in order to portray them realistically. I guess I’d like to handle myself like a Cameron, but I probably come across as more of a Tyler.
Do you see it as a Cameron or Tyler kind of world that we’re in now?
I would say the world we’re in now is scary for Cameron. He’s used to business being done with contracts and all that stuff. But we’re in a world of such digitalized industrialization, it moves too fast for all that. Businesses can be started in hours. So I think that Tyler’s idea of, “We’ve gotta fight them now, we’ve gotta sue them now” would probably better equip him to deal in the business world now.