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SAG Awards: 'I was his champion,' Jesse Eisenberg says of Mark Zuckerberg

January 30, 2011 |  4:37 pm

Jesse Eisenberg at the SAG Awards Jesse Eisenberg hit the Screen Actors Guild  Awards red carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday, fresh off hosting "Saturday Night Live" in New York -- walking with an almost studied seriousness, as if he had permanently embodied the persona of prickly Facebook chief exec Mark Zuckerberg.

That'd be the Zuckerberg he finally met Saturday night in New York, of course -- but as himself he speaks quickly, with lots of intensity behind it, brows furrowed as between thumb and forefinger he crunches green leaves plucked from the hedge separating him from the media.

"When we were making it, I thought it was really good, but I've thought that about a lot of things that have never been seen," he said, acknowledging he didn't expect the amount of awards attention the film has garnered so far. "The cultural significance of it couldn't be planned for."

What about any responsibility to the real-life Zuckerberg -- did Eisenberg worry that the Facebook honcho was hurt by his portrayal?

"I'm in a unique position, because my job is to defend my character," he said after a pause. "If the movie was criticizing the character, which I don't think it was, from my very subjective point of view I was his champion."

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Photo: Jesse Eisenberg at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times