The inside story: How Steve Jobs’ widow tried to kill biopic

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 08, 2015 11:19 IST
Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in the biopic by Danny Boyle. (Universal)

Widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs, Laurene Powell Jobs, allegedly tried very hard so that Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin’s biopic on her late husband never got made. According to a Hollywood Reporter profile on the making of the film, she even called potential stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale, begging them not to play Jobs in the film.

Steve Jobs has been the subject of two films and a number of documentaries and books.

“They haven’t helped,” the piece quotes Boyle as saying about Laurene and Apple CEO Tim Cook. “There’s been some tough moments. I’m not going to go into them.” She also reportedly lobbied with all major Hollywood studios, pressurising them not to make the film.

However, a film’s key player was more forthright while talking to THR, “Since the very beginning, Laurene Jobs has been trying to kill this movie, OK? Laurene Jobs called Leo DiCaprio and said, ‘Don’t do it.’ Laurene Jobs called Christian Bale and said, ‘Don’t (do it).’”

The role finally went to Michael Fassbender. The film documents Jobs’ life from the perspective of his three great launches -- the Macintosh, the failed NeXT computer and the iMac in 1998.

Read: Will Danny Boyle live up to expectations in this biopic?

Cook and film’s screenwriter Aaron Sorkin also engaged in a war of words when the Apple CEO called the spate of Jobs films, “opportunistic”. Sorkin retaliated, saying, “If you’ve got a factory full of children in China assembling phones for 17 cents an hour, you’ve got a lot of nerve calling someone else opportunistic.” He later retracted his statement.

The film wasn’t merely opposed from the outside, either; the piece tracks the once solid friendship between producer Scott Rudin and now-ousted Sony co-chair Amy Pascal, who ultimately refused the film over concerns about the budget, as well as the marketability of Fassbender.

Steve Jobs is all set to hit the theatres on October 9 in the US.

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