Network actor’s Cayman ties

It looks as if the Cayman Islands
has another star.

Armie Hammer stars in The Social
Network, a film that debuted at number one in the United States and held the
top spot for two consecutive weeks.  Hammer was born in Los Angeles but spent
several of his formative years in Cayman.

He is the great-grandson of
industrialist, art collector and philanthropist Armand Hammer. He came to Grand
Cayman with his father, Michael, and his mother, Dru, when he was a boy. He
attended the Faulkner Academy in Governor’s Harbour and Grace Christian
Academy.

He portrays real-life twins Cameron
and Tyler Winklevoss in director David Fincher’s film about Facebook founder
Mark Zuckerberg and the two simultaneous lawsuits contesting Facebook’s
creation.

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, two
Harvard crew members — formed HarvardConnection (later renamed ConnectU) with
Divya Narendra.  The trio claims to have
come up with the concept for Facebook and sued Zuckerberg.  They settled the lawsuit for roughly $50
million.

Hammer, 24, acts in both Winklevoss
roles — something that modern cinema technology now allows, but has rarely
been done in Hollywood.  Similar
technology was used in Adaptation (Nicolas Cage plays twin brothers) and Moon,
the independent film starring Sam Rockwell in the main roles.

He has been very successful in the
film business since he’s been in Los Angeles, landing major roles in the hit US
television series Gossip Girl and Desperate Housewives.

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Armie Hammer, who grew up in Cayman, stars in The Social Network.
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