Facebook's Zuckerberg befriends Eisenberg

Eisenberg, right, played Zuckerberg as an unsmiling, insecure, obsessed young man with very little personality (FILE)

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his "The Social Network" doppelganger Jesse Eisenberg made friends on "Saturday Night Live."

Zuckerberg joined host Eisenberg for the opening monologue of the show Saturday. The two said they had never met, despite Eisenberg playing Zuckerberg in the widely hailed, Oscar-nominated film.

Cast member Andy Samberg tried his own impression of the Facebook CEO but quickly left — exclaiming "Awkward!" once Zuckerberg took the stage.

Eisenberg told Zuckerberg that he liked him on "60 Minutes" and then asked if he had seen "The Social Network." Zuckerberg, who has called the film inaccurate, responded that he had seen the film and that it was "interesting."

Eisenberg accepted that answer and the two high-fived.

Previously, Zuckerberg has had strong opinions on the film.

"Where do you wanna start? I mean, I don’t know. It’s interesting what stuff they focused on getting right," he said to a crowd of students at Stamford university, last year. "Like every single fleece and shirt I had in that movie is actually a shirt or fleece that I own. You know, so there’s all this stuff that they got wrong, and a bunch of random details that they got right."

Zuckerberg appeared particularly perturbed about how the film opened. "The thing that I think is actually most thematically interesting that they got wrong is - the whole framing of the movie, kind of the way that it starts is, I’m with this girl who doesn’t exist in real life, who dumps me, which has happened to me in real life, a lot - and basically to frame it as if the whole reason for making Facebook and building something was because I wanted to get girls or wanted to get into some sort of social institution," he said.

He was reportedly interested in appearing on the show in order "to show he has a sense of humour".

 

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