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Video: Sorkin on Writing the Steve Jobs Character


On October 23 Aaron Sorkin was convinced that they had landed Christian Bale to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming movie. But Bale eventually bailed on the project. With fanatical Apple fans around the world ready to analyze every word and gesture, even seasoned actors are afraid of the backlash of getting it wrong. While another actor has been mentioned in the press as a possible new candidate, we'll wait for the movie to come out so that we don't have to backtrack every week. This time, Sorkin exclusively tells Emily Chang of Bloomberg TV that's it's been hard writing the Steve Jobs Character. Love him or hate him, there's more of this interview with Sorkin that will air later tonight on Studio 1.0 with Bloomberg Television's Emily Chang airs at 8:30pm ET/ 5:30pm PT. 


Sorkin on Writing Steve Jobs, the Character


"I think that you can do ten more movies about Steve Jobs. And I think if you lined up ten writers and said, "Write a movie about Steve Jobs," you'd get ten different movies, all of them worth going to see. This one is … it's just different.


I spoke to [Jobs] on the phone three times. The first time he called me it was because I gave an interview in which I said, "Everything I've ever written I've written on a Mac." And he called me to thank me for saying that and asked me if he could send me a new laptop. He said, "Let me send you this thing. And just play around with it and tell me what you think."


The second time he called me it was to invite me up to the Bay Area to tour Pixar. He wanted to know if I'd be interested in writing a Pixar movie. And the third time he called me was to ask me to help him write his commencement address at Stanford…Honestly, I fixed a couple of typos in the speech-- I don't want to suggest for a moment that any of those thoughts were my thoughts. That is the brain of Steve Jobs ... And helped him put the music to it."


Sorkin on how much Pressure there is to Bring Jobs to life


"Yeah. The same pressure that I feel when I'm writing anything. And maybe with a little bit of sauce on top of pressure, because he is a person that so many people have so many strong feelings about. But I've met everyone and spent a lot of time with the other seven characters who are in the movie, like Joanna Hoffman who's a fantastic character. She was the head of marketing for the Mac team. John Sculley who was the CEO of Apple and became famous, or infamous depending on how you look at it, for firing Steve Jobs from Apple. He's a wonderful man and a great character. In in this movie Jobs has conflicts with all of them that get dramatized and worked out in a very compressed, very claustrophobic environment."


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