Mark Zuckerberg may have been portrayed as a deceptive, socially awkward nerd in The Social Network, but the real-life Facebook founder seems like a pretty decent guy.
During this past weekend's Saturday Night Live monologue, Zuckerberg good-naturedly came face to face with SNL host Jesse Eisenberg, the Academy Award-nominated actor who played him in the film... and the resulting encounter -- supposedly the first time they've met -- was a tad awkward, to say the least. Watch for yourself below!
The bit kicked off with Andy Samberg confronting the 27-year-old Eisenberg on stage and claiming to be the real-life Zuckerberg. Meanwhile, the real Mark Zuckerberg, 26, was backstage with SNL creator Lorne Michaels, pleading to go on the show and bragging that "I invented poking!" Zuckerberg finally joined Samberg and Eisenberg on stage (that's a lot of "bergs" in one place) at the end of the monologue, causing Samberg to marvel at the pair's "awkward" first encounter. After some strained attempts at banter, Zuck and his big-screen doppelganger laughingly introduced the show together.
So was the meeting as uncomfortable as they made it seem on TV? Eisenberg didn't seem to think so when E! caught up with him on the red carpet of Sunday's SAG Awards, where he was nominated for best actor. "No, it was wonderful," Eisenberg told E! interviewer Giuliana Rancic. "I was so happy that [Zuckerberg] agreed to do it. I could imagine this must be a strange experience, to have a movie made about your life."
It's a good thing Eisenberg enjoyed the meeting with Zuckerberg and his stint as SNL host... because he and The Social Network didn't fare so well at the SAG Awards. Jesse lost the best actor race to Colin Firth, and Firth's flick, The King's Speech, trumped Network for best ensemble cast. Regardless, Jesse and his costars had a great time mugging for the camera and checking out all the dazzlingly (and sometimes not so dazzlingly) dressed celebs onhand for the show.
As for Zuckerberg, he's probably not regretting meeting Eisenberg in the slightest. The SNL cameo was one heck of a PR move for the world's youngest billionaire. His ability to laugh off the unfavorable Hollywood portrayal of himself should help to transform the public perception of him from that of a backstabbing and manipulative geek to a pretty affable good sport. We wonder what the Winklevi think of all this.
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