Aaron Sorkin opened up about the ‘Steve Jobs’ movie, addressing criticism and backlash over the depiction of the late Apple co-founder during his interview on ‘The Daily Show’ with its new host Trevor Noah.
In his first week of hosting ‘The Daily Show’ and taking over after the longtime host Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah’s interview of the celebrated screenwriter and producer Aaron Sorkin — creator of ‘The West Wing’ and ‘The Newsroom’ and screenwriter of ‘The Social Network’ — is also under the microscope. Thus we had a trifecta of scrutiny.
Noah asked Sorkin about the criticism of ‘Steve Jobs’ which was directed by Oscar-winning ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ director Danny Boyle and starring Michael Fassbender as Jobs and based on the authorized biography of the same title by Walter Issacson. Despite the stellar personnel involved the movie has proved polarizing even before it has landed in theaters.
Trevor Noah in summarizing objections that have been voiced noted that some have said “this is not Steve Jobs, the way you’ve portrayed him is incorrect. He was a nice man, he was a friendly man, you’ve made him look mean.”
Sorkin said, “The people saying that have not seen the movie so they don’t know what I’ve made him like. But I apologize right away anyway because I realize this is a building full of people that can hack into my hard drive and do anything they want.”
This was, of course a reference to the hacking of Sony earlier this year, of which Sorkin was notably outspoken. He went on to say that he is “absolutely done with Silicon Valley.” He added, “You don’t want to make these people mad at you.”
He went on to say, “This movie is not a biopic, it’s not a cradle-to-grave story; the entire movie is three scenes.” He added, “You don’t land on the character’s greatest hits along the way.”
He also was asked about his own experience with Apple and its products. To that, Sorkin admitted, “I don’t understand tech at all, it takes me five minutes to find the power button on my Mac.”
He went on to say, “When I took this job I told the studio I would need someone to advise me. So they sent me Steve Wozniak.”
Sorkin then made yet another admission. He revealed that after his conversation with the Apple co-founder — who’s portrayed by Seth Rogen in the movie — he then had to tell the studio, “I am going to need a seventh grade science teacher.”
It was a lively, freewheeling interview and just like the Oscar-buzzed movie, it too is getting a fair amount of buzz. See the full replay video below as Aaron Sorkin speaks about the ‘Steve Jobs’ movie.
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