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'Network' twin has ties with Tulsa
[October 22, 2010]

'Network' twin has ties with Tulsa

Oct 22, 2010 (Tulsa World - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- The actor who, through a bit of movie magic, plays both of the Winklevoss twins in the acclaimed hit film "The Social Network" has a connection to Tulsa through his family.

Armie Hammer, 24, is the son of Michael Armand Hammer and Dru Hammer (formerly Dru Ann Mobley). His mother is from Tulsa, and his father is a member of the board of trustees for Oral Roberts University.

Armie Hammer's grandparents are longtime Tulsa real estate developer Doug Mobley and his wife, Donna, who have seen the movie twice.

"It was just such an astounding thing to see, both the movie itself -- which is so wonderful -- and Armie up there playing the twin roles," said Donna Mobley. "I was just so proud of him. So proud." Armie Hammer portrays both Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss in the movie, thanks to director David Fincher's employing some of the same technology he used in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" to digitally apply Brad Pitt's face on that of a younger actor.

Josh Pence, a Ralph Lauren model, plays one of the Winklevoss twins from the neck down, with his face digitally replaced by Hammer's face in "The Social Network." Both the film and Hammer's performance have been buzzed about as candidates for awards.

The Winklevoss twins, who won sixth place in men's pair rowing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, are depicted in the film as asking Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) to help them create a Harvard University online social network. After a couple of meetings. Zuckerberg goes on to create Facebook, and the twins sue him for stealing their ideas.

Hammer, a 6-foot, 5-inch actor, has also portrayed Billy Graham in a 2008 biopic. He is the great-grandson of Armand Hammer, the philanthropist, art collector, doctor and former chairman of Occidental Petroleum.

His parents made a $1 million family contribution to ORU's Whole Person Scholarship fund when the school was reducing its debt a couple of years ago. In addition to being an ORU trustee, Michael Hammer is the chairman of the Armand Hammer Foundation.

Both Michael and Dru Hammer, a 1983 Oklahoma State University graduate, have been board members of the Los Angeles Dream Center.

The couple is known for philanthropic efforts in Christian radio, cancer prevention, education and the arts.

They married in 1985 in Tulsa at First United Methodist Church.

Another link Tulsa native Malese Jow, 19, can also be seen in "The Social Network" as Alice, who makes a brief romantic connection with Jesse Eisenberg's character.

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