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Jesse Eisenberg arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon on February 7, 2011.
Jesse Eisenberg arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon on February 7, 2011. Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images
Okay, not really.
But on this weekend's Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!, Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg plays Not My Job and talks about preparing for his role as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, which earned him his nomination as Best Actor. Oh, and also? He confesses to having created a fake Peter Sagal Facebook page as part of his research.
Here's part of his exchange with Peter (complete with the halting Eisenberg-ian cadence you know and love):
PETER SAGAL: We've mentioned the movie, let's talk about it, it's of course The Social Network. Huge movie from last year. You play Mark Zuckerberg, the very real person who founded Facebook. We understand you were not a big Facebook guy though, before you got this role.
JESSE EISENBERG: No, uh, and this is something that I really wanted to tell you, because I had never seen Facebook, and then I was rehearsing for the movie. And I was, my character was discussing all of these things that I didn't know anything about. And so I got a Facebook page while I was listening to this show and I didn't want to use my own name, so I used your name, um, and ...
PETER SAGAL: I'm sorry, what?
JESSE EISENBERG: I, yes. So, the account has been deleted soon thereafter. But it was the strangest thing.
PETER SAGAL: Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. You're telling me that part of your research for this role, you opened a Facebook account under my name.
JESSE EISENBERG: Yes. Now, uh, the strange thing was, um.
PETER SAGAL: This explains so much.
JESSE EISENBERG: So I would — I was doing interviews for several months about the movie, and people would always ask me, "Do you have a Facebook page?" And I would always say no, because I had deleted the account. But people would say that they had looked online the night before and they saw that I did have a Facebook page, and that I had several. I would always get, like, quietly furious that somebody was, you know, pretending to be me. And it never occurred to me, until they asked me to do this show, that I had, I had done that to somebody. And I apologize, you know, if uh, you know, you have experienced any strange looks.
But that's not all. The panel also chats about Eisenberg's Oscar date and just how he plans to transport her in style.
PETER SAGAL: Are you looking forward to this week being over, and you know, you won't be "Oscar nominee" anymore. You'll either be an Oscar winner or just Jesse Eisenberg again.
JESSE EISENBERG: Uh, well, you don't lose the, the "nominee."
PETER SAGAL: Oh, excuse me. I'm sorry!
JESSE EISENBERG: No, they don't force you back into a civilian.
PETER SAGAL: I know. They don't take away your privileges.
JESSE EISENBERG: No, no, no. No, um, I mean, yeah, you know, you build up this great anticipation and its just, you know, itss a strange kind of place to live in for several months, with that kind of that anticipation. It's a strange and unsustainable feeling to have.
ADAM FELBER: Will you show up out front there on your bike?
PETER SAGAL: You should do that! You should. They have the limos pulling up and you should just ride up on your Schwinn. I think that would be totally cool.
JESSE EISENBERG: Yeah, and then where do I lock it up, though?
PETER SAGAL: Just hand it to Joan Rivers and say, "Watch this for a few hours. I'll be back." What is she going to do, say no? Who's your date? Can you tell me?
JESSE EISENBERG: Uh, I'm taking my mother, and, you know, uh, she, she couldn't be more thrilled.
PETER SAGAL: I bet! That's really exciting. That's really great.
PAULA POUNDSTONE: That is so sweet. Is she going to ride in the basket? That just seems uncomfortable for her.
For more of Jesse Eisenberg playing Not My Job, check out Wait Wait this weekend. Want more good news? Team Wait Wait is scheduled to help out on Oscar night (as they did last year), laying down some delicious commentary on Oscar fashion, so you'll definitely want to be here for that — and the Monkey See liveblog, too.
It's all so exciting I'm tempted to make a fake Peter Sagal Facebook page to talk all about it.