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Sunday 24 September 2017

'The most awkward thing I've ever seen': Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are really bad at acting

Mark Molloy

There was zero on-screen chemistry when Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates got together for a Harvard University promo video.

The tech billionaires demonstrated their lack of acting skills ahead of the Facebook founder’s commencement speech at the Ivy League school.

One site called the video “cringeworthy”, while one unimpressed viewer tweeted Zuckerberg’s “acting in his Facebook sketches is so bad, needs to give Jesse Eisenberg a call.”

Another tweeted praise for the Microsoft founder’s performance, saying: “Bill Gates' acting game is strong. Mark Zuckerberg's not so much.”

“It is amazing how far artificial intelligence has come. Watch these two automatons converse,” joked another.

Both Gates and Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard, but later received invitations to come back to address graduating students.

“Whoa! I just got invited to give the commencement address at Harvard this year,” Zuckerberg says in the video.

Gates responds: “That’s amazing!”

Zuckerberg adds: “They know we didn’t actually graduate right?”

“Oh that is the best part, they actually give you a degree!” comes the response.

Gates later wrote on Facebook: “Always happy to help, Mark. Good luck on your speech. Hope the honorary degree helps you land your dream job…”

Harvard President Drew Faust says Zuckerberg “has profoundly altered the nature of social engagement worldwide,” adding that she's glad to welcome him back.

Telegraph.co.uk

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