Mark Zuckerberg, Jesse Eisenberg Finally Meet During Awkward SNL Sketch
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the Oscar-nominated actor that played him in the film The Social Network met face-to-face on Saturday Night Live this weekend, and it was – well – awkward.
Actor and SNL guest host Jesse Eisenberg spoke of his role in the film during his opening monologue, when cast member Andy Samsung – who has long imitated Zuckerberg on the show – joined him on the stage, dressed once again as the Facebook billionaire in a sweatshirt.
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Meanwhile, the camera eventually cuts to Zuckerberg standing back stage next to SNL's executive producer Lorne Michaels.
"Why can't I go in there? I'm the real Mark Zuckerberg!" he said to Michaels. "That guy is like my evil twin, and that’s just Andy Samberg. Those guys are such nerds. Come on. I invented Poking !"
While promoting the film, Eisenberg was often asked if he had ever met the man he was portraying. When the three were finally joined on the SNL stage, Samberg asked the two: "Wait, have you guys not met? Awk-berg!"
Similarly, many have asked Zuckerberg what he thought of the movie that allegedly details the controversial beginnings of his Facebook empire.
"It was ... interesting," Zuckerberg told Eisenberg.
"Great! I'll take it," Eisenberg replied.
Eisenberg is up for an Oscar in the Best Actor category for his portrayal. The awards will be announced on Sunday Feb. 27.