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Mark Zuckerberg makes SNL cameo, meets Jesse Eisenberg

by Shannon Harris on January 31, 2011

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made a surprise appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live this weekend, standing face to face for the first time with the actors who have famously portrayed him.

Zuckerberg encountered Jesse Eisenberg on the show, who played the role of the Facebook CEO in the Oscar-nominated film Social Network, a portrayal that Zuckerberg has publicly denounced for its inaccuracies. The pair was joined by Saturday Night Live actor Adam Sandberg, who parodies Zuckerberg on the show's skits.

"Those guys are just nerds. I invented 'poking it!'" Zuckerberg said, referring to the two actors on stage before he made his appearance.

"I really liked you on '60 Minutes. You…ever end up seeing the film?" Eisenberg asked Zuckerberg, who CNN said was "all smiles" throughout the duration of the 90-minute show.

"It was interesting," Zuckerberg said tersely when asked of his opinion on The Social Network, which he previously stated was entirely false with the exception of the portrayal of his T-shirt collection, according to the news source.

The Social Network received the Best Drama award at the Golden Globes as well as awards for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Composer and Best Adapted Screenplay at the Critic's Choice Awards.

Eisenberg later told E! News that he and Zuckerberg were "very excited to meet" each other and that he was happy the Facebook founder agreed to appear on the show.

"I would imagine it must be such a strange experience having a movie made about your life," he told the news source.

He shared a hug with Zuckerberg during the closing credits.

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