“I didn’t really know much about him,” admits Michael Fassbender when asked about playing the title character in “Steve Jobs” (watch below). “I suppose the thing that really stuck with me was meeting people who knew him — John Sculley, Joanna Hoffman, Steve Wozniak, Andy Hertzfeld … You could see he was still very much present in their lives. Even if their relationships were difficult, there was a sadness and a love there for him.”
The film by Oscar champ Danny Boyle(“Slumdog Millionaire”) paints a complex portrait of the man as a brutal taskmaster with conflicting emotions about his family and his legacy. The actors credit the screenplay by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin(“The Social Network”) as an essential but demanding part of the process.
Recalls Kate Winslet, who plays Jobs’ marketing guru Joanna Hoffman, “I have to be honest, it was terrifying. I remember all of us walking into the room on day one of rehearsal when you’re trying out your accent and hoping to God that everyone else isn’t looking at you and thinking, ‘She’s shit’. When we walked onto the set, we had to be that well-oiled machine, we had to be ready to go, we had to have Sorkin-ese in our back pockets.”
That difficulty wasn’t lost on Sorkin. “Each of them, at at least one point in the movie, has a long list of things to say. I went over to Jeff [Daniels] and I said, ‘Michael’s a really big Irish guy. I think he’s going to beat me up.’ And Jeff, who had been doing this for three years with ‘The Newsroom’ stared at me and said, ‘I’m a really big Irish guy, and I’m going to beat you up.'”
“Steve Jobs” opens Friday (Oct. 9) in limited release with a nationwide roll-out to follow on October 23.
Here’s a B-Roll of Steve Jobs with behind scenes footage:
Danny Boyle, Aaron Sorkin, Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, and Seth Rogen discussed Steve Jobs at a press conference before the film’s premiere at the 53rd New York Film Festival. Watch it below:
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The helmer and fellow star Kate Winslet talk about the “exciting,” “amazing challenge” of making the movie, which consists of three acts, with the scenes taking place in real time.
Steve Jobs director Danny Boyle wasn’t first director attached to the high-profile biopic about the late Apple co-founder. That was David Fincher, who exited the project amid a dispute over money and control. And Boyle — known for films like Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting and 127 Hours — has admitted that the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film is “so different” from the movies he’s made before. Still, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the New York Film Festival’s centerpiece gala screening of Steve Jobs, the director explained that he was excited to accept the challenge of this movie.
“Just the idea that you would look at this guy, who we know so much about, but you would suddenly stop and the three times before he walks out onstage, the three product launches, you just look, in real time at the 40 minutes before he walks out on stage. It’s a brilliant idea,” Boyle said. “And given that it’s about someone whose motto was ‘Think different,’ it’s right and proper that it should take a different approach to analyze him. It’s impossibly demanding of the performers, but we tried to mobilize the whole production so that it was as possible as it could be for them to tackle it. It’s 185 pages of dialogue. Three acts, six characters, no instructions, no instruction manual of how to do it. So you have this amazing challenge. It’s like a provocation to how you might make a film.”
The second trailer for Steve Jobs has been released:
Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
Steve Jobs is directed by Academy Award® winner Danny Boyle and written by Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin, working from Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder. The producers are Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady of Film 360, Scott Rudin and Academy Award® winner Christian Colson.
Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, with Academy Award®-winning actress Kate Winslet starring as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley. The film also
stars Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh
He’s opened the 30th Olympics and now Danny Boyle is closing The 59th BFI London Film Festival. The director’s latest, Steve Jobs, has been picked to bring down the curtain on the 12-day celebration of cinema on October 18. It follows on from recent closers Fury and Saving Mr. Banks in delivering major stars, Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet among them, to the Leicester Square red carpet.
Boyle drew the connection between his new biopic and the themes of his Olympics jamboree in a statement. “If London was the cradle of the Industrial Revolution then San Francisco is the Bethlehem of the digital one,” said the director. “We had a brilliant time making this movie in Silicon Valley and I hope Londoners will enjoy a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the modern world. It’s always special to bring work home so thanks to BFI London Film Festival for their continued support.”
“We are thrilled to announce that Steve Jobs will be this year’s closing night gala,” added BFI London Film Festival director Clare Stewart. “Danny Boyle has created an exhilarating and audacious film [about] the complex, charismatic digital pioneer.”
Steve Jobs, though torturous in its development process, has taken smooth shape since then. Fassbender plays the Apple co-founder and tech pioneer in a story that focuses on three major events in the lifespan of his career, and in Apple’s growth: the creation of the Macintosh in 1984, NeXT in 1988 and the iMac launch in 1998. Seth Rogen is co-founder Steve Wozniak, with Jeff Bridges as Apple’s ex-CEO John Sulley and Winslet as Mac marketeer Joanna Hoffman. Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg round out the cast.
If you can’t make the London Film Festival, which runs from October 7-18, Steve Jobs will be coming to you from November 13 in the UK.