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Aaron Sorkin's Full Interview at D10: How to Write the Story of Steve Jobs' Life

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At last month's D10 conference, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, The Social Network, A Few Good Men) sat down with Walt Mossberg to discuss his new HBO show The Newsroom (premiering June 24th) and his latest project, adapting Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs into a movie for Sony Pictures.


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30 months ago

Prepare yourself for another piece with several real-life people "condensed" into a single character, date-night love stories added that never existed, and major facts wildly different from how they actually happened because "poetic license" makes it OK.

You just described every biographical movie & tv show ever made. If you want to watch an accurate portrayal of someone's life your best bet is a documentary.


Lethal
Rating: 4 Votes
30 months ago
My favorite TV writer. When I heard he was writing the Steve Jobs movie I knew it would be far better than Biography 2.0.

Although I am looking forward to the "circus" version with Kutcher. Note the reference to the D10 interview term. :)

Dx interviews could be improved with 70% less host talk (run on sentences) and 70% more guest interviews.

Rocketman
Rating: 3 Votes
30 months ago

You just described every biographical movie & tv show ever made. If you want to watch an accurate portrayal of someone's life your best bet is a documentary.

Exactly. It's meant to be entertaining and put a lot of butts in seats.

Just enjoy it and don't take anything too seriously.
Rating: 3 Votes
30 months ago
Please not Noah Wyle. Sorry to the above posters, but I just don't think Wyle has enough intensity for the role. Besides, he's already done it.

Actors I could imagine pulling off the difficult task of playing Jobs are:

Edward Norton
Michael Fassbender
Christian Bale
Daniel Day Lewis

All great actors, all possessing a complexity similar to Jobs, all with their own fire-burning-inside intensity. :apple:
Rating: 3 Votes
30 months ago
I dont freakin care about who the hell plays as steve jobs, as long as he looks alike and acts well
Rating: 2 Votes
29 months ago

I still think they should get Noah Wyle to do Steve. Not sure who they should get to play the Google gaggle.


No dis on Noah Wyle, but I'd rather see someone of a higher calibre than someone who stars in second rate television dramas. I want a film actor who really knows his stuff.

Just because you saw Noah Wyle in some made for tv movie does not mean that he is necessarily right for the role.
Rating: 1 Votes
30 months ago

I totally agree with having noah wyle back as Jobs. But if he was not the one chosen for any reason I would have to say Christian Bale would be my first choice that guy can absolutely transform.


Agree, and not just for his acting ability, his own temperament is ideal for the role:

christian bale rant (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrvMTv_r8sA)

I'm sure most of you know his rant on the DoP during "Terminator: Salvation". This behavior has been coined "typical" by those close to his work (careful: NSFW, but definitely enjoyable).

It also made it's way into the club scene, with a well known DJ remixing it to a great beat:

Bale Out - RevoLucian's Christian Bale Remix! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTihsJQHt48)
Rating: 1 Votes
29 months ago
This is the man who ignored Jobs after he said he would help him write his 2005 Stanford speech.

Am I the only one who thinks that's a very overlooked detail?
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30 months ago
I totally agree with having noah wyle back as Jobs. But if he was not the one chosen for any reason I would have to say Christian Bale would be my first choice that guy can absolutely transform.
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30 months ago
Hate to be a downer, but I am NOT looking forward to another Sorkin "biography". He writes his screenplays with the same level of historical accuracy as Oliver Stone, or whoever it was that butchered "Enemy At the Gates"

Prepare yourself for another piece with several real-life people "condensed" into a single character, date-night love stories added that never existed, and major facts wildly different from how they actually happened because "poetic license" makes it OK.

As much as I have a hard time imagining Ashton Kutcher playing a believable Steve Jobs, I'm actually hopeful that the indie flick he's in might be a little more like what actually happened.

For me, a movie/novel that purports to tell a story of real life, needs to actually do so accurately.
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