Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance on Saturday Night Live has been big news this morning. The Facebook founder dropped by SNL since Jesse Eisenberg was last night’s host. Jesse Eisenberg played the role of the Facebook founder in The Social Network, which has been nominated for eight Oscars.
In the opening monologe, Jesse Eisenberg and Andy Sandberg banter about which one played Zuckerberg better, then the real Mark Zuckerberg comes on stage.
When Mark Zuckerberg met the actor who played him on film, Jesse Eisenberg told the Facebook founder that he “liked him on 60 Minutes” and then asked if he had seen The Social Network. Zuckerberg said that he had seen the film and that it was “interesting.”
Then Mark Zuckerberg introduced the musical guest and Eisenberg and Zuckerberg high-fived! Great move for Zuckerberg to come on and poke fun at himself.
Producer of The Social Network Scott Rudin said that dealing with Facebook during the development and making of film was a very time-consuming task since “Facebook was asserting that the movie wasn’t going to be truthful about founder Mark Zuckerberg.”
“Once it opened, they calmed down,” Rudin said of Facebook. “They went from feeling that we were going to be tough on Mark to feeling like we had made him look like a rock star.”
Mark Zuckerberg has made statements to the media that he was “impressed” with Jesse Eisenberg’s interpretation of him in The Social Network.
No matter what you think of his on-air performance, I think it’s a great move for Zuckerberg to come on Saturday Night Live and poke fun at himself. If you didn’t see SNL last night, here’s a quick clip of the opening with Zuckerberg and Eisenberg:
Mark Zuckerberg was on stage for the end of the show as well as the beginning. Zuckerberg gives host Einsenberg a hug. What did you think of Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance on SNL?