When writing the script for his latest movie, Aaron Sorkin discovered a striking contrast between how the world feels about the products Steve Jobs introduced and how the late Apple co-founder felt about himself.
“I think that for, whatever reason, deep down Steve felt that he was irreparably damaged in some way and was not worthy of being liked or loved,” Sorkin said during a Q&A with members of the press in New York City on Monday.
By contrast, Jobs was obsessed with making products that people loved. In a scene in Sorkin’s movie, Jobs threatens to publicly embarrasses Andy Hertzfeld, a member of the original Macintosh team, unless he can make the computer say “hello” during the product launch.
Jobs, according to the scene, wants to make the computer appear more friendly.
“I think that, whether he knew it or, he felt like there was something about him personally that couldn’t be loved,” Sorkin said of Jobs, who is played by Michael Fassbender. “However, he had this incredible talent to play the orchestra.”
Sorkin’s script focuses on the stressful minutes backstage leading up to three crucial product launches in Jobs’ career: the original Macintosh, the NeXTcube, and the iMac. The film heavily plays up Jobs’ relationship with his daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs, who he initially rejected as his daughter despite the results of a DNA paternity test that said otherwise.
Sorkin used Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs as source material for the script, but he was adamant that the film isn’t a traditional biopic and subjectively portrays Jobs at pivotal points throughout his life. Sorkin consulted with many people close to Jobs for the project, including Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak and Jobs’ daughter Lisa.
“Steve Jobs” opens in theatres October 9 and is already generating Oscar buzz.
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