Aaron Sorkin Apologizes for Blasting Tim Cook's 'Opportunistic' Comment

Early this month Tim Cook sat down with Stephen Colbert for an interview and called movies made about Steve Jobs "opportunistic." Yesterday, during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin issued a scathing response to Cook, 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."


Today, during an interview with E! News, Sorkin walked back his comments, saying that both he and Cook went a little too far.
"You know what, I think that Tim Cook and I probably both went a little too far. And I apologize to Tim Cook. I hope when he sees the movie, he enjoys it as much as I enjoy his products."
Sorkin's Steve Jobs film, which stars Michael Fassbender as Jobs and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak will be released in New York and Los Angeles on October 9. The film will expand to more theaters on October 16 and open nationwide on October 23. Early reviews of Steve Jobs have called it "thrilling", with Oscar buzz surrounding the film.

The film is based on Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography, which Cook has said does a "tremendous disservice" to the Steve Jobs that he knew. The movie follows Jobs during three product launches, providing a behind-the-scenes look at how Jobs interacted with friends, colleagues and family.

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55 months ago
Tim Cook probably delayed his 6S order.
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55 months ago
Maybe I'm too optimistic, but I always take a moment to tell anyone thank you when they walk back themselves in an argument or disagreement. I wish I saw it happen more often rather than watch people get entrenched once they've voiced an initial opinion.
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55 months ago

Maybe I'm too optimistic, but I always take a moment to tell anyone thank you when they walk back themselves in an argument or disagreement. I wish I saw it happen more often rather than watch people get entrenched once they've voiced an initial opinion.


Very true. Although what he did was walk back Tim's comment as well as his own, as if they were equivalent. But one comment was a very casual (and reasonable) opinion, about multiple for-profit movies, from someone whose friend died a couple years ago. The other was a quite blatant lie about a matter of factual record, and a very direct and UNreasonable attack against a man (and company) who has in fact done far more than the competition to keep children out of the workforce and get China to treat workers more fairly--while openly and publicly documenting the problems and the progress. And the apology failed to correct that lie, further cementing the damage when many believe it.
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55 months ago
Damn, he walked that back quick. I guess he was afraid the Apple faithful wouldn't turn out for the movie as a result of what he said.
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55 months ago
Just waiting for Taylor Swift to chime in on this.
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55 months ago
That’s not an apology, that’s an attempt at damage control and a spin to make him look better. He’s still saying that “both went a little too far”, i.e. downplaying the fault in his actions while still discrediting Cook. It makes the apology worthless, but he will be remembered as the one who openly apologised.

Cook was entitled to his opinion and I wholeheartedly agree with him. It would piss me off as well.
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55 months ago
Given the context of Cook's original comments, I'm pretty sure he was referring mostly to the "other" Steve Jobs movie (Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine). Colbert kind of asked him about both, but I think Tim was using his stock answer that may not apply quite as much to Sorkin's movie.
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55 months ago
guess the movie studio had a word with him ;)
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55 months ago
Good man. He had every right to feel… annoyed by Cook's attitude, but the hyperbole was a little over the line. (They don't employ children… knowingly… and don't pay nearly that badly.)
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55 months ago

Me too, and how Tim reconciles his "not the Steve I knew" attitude with the proven fact that Jobs denied paternity to Lisa for years. IMO someone who denies his own daughter is a total peice of sh*t. Maybe you have to be a parent to understand...

There is no doubt he was a real messed up nasty piece of work early in his life. His frantic quests for enlightenment bore witness to that. But as someone who was a completely different person myself in my youth, I'd hate to be depicted as frozen in time, with no acknowledgement of the real personal growth I attained later in life. If you were to interview the people who knew me well only from high school to age 30, you'd get a very incomplete and inaccurate picture of who I am as a whole person over the course of my life. And I can say a great many of my friends would also find that true of themselves and their lives.

I'll give Steve Jobs the benefit of a doubt that something similar happened to him. So much focus has been given to Lisa because it's sensationalistic. What do we know of the kind of father he was to his other children in a more stable relationship after he matured? And Lisa did eventually have a relationship with her father.

As for Sorkin, Tim did not specifically name any one movie and certainly did not name Sorkin. He spoke in general terms and could have been referring to any number of films. He also issued the disclaimer that he hadn't seen any of them and mainly objected to the idea of such films. Sorkin went too far issuing such a personalized baseless response and would have given Steve a run for his money in terms of being hotheaded.

It might be time to have a movie made about Sorkin! I bet it would be quite colorful.
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