Steve Jobs biopic writer Aaron Sorkin defends film's inaccuracies

Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, who also scripted The Social Network and The Newsroom has defended himself against claims the film is full of inaccuracies, saying it is not meant to be a 'fact-based film. It comes after early reviews suggest Jobs, playe
  • Aaron Sorkin says biopic is not meant to re-create 'actual real life events' 
  • Adds that the movie does not fall into the same genre as factual films 
  • Film has proved controversial due to the way Steve Jobs in portrayed
  • Reviews suggest Mr Jobs is shown as being a control freak with a temper 

Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who has wrote the screenplay for the new Steve Jobs biopic. He says the film is not meant to be 'fact-based' 

The screenwriter of the new controversial biopic of Apple founder Steve Jobs has insisted the film is not meant to depict 'actual events'.

Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, who also scripted The Social Network and The Newsroom has defended himself against claims the film is full of inaccuracies, saying it is not meant to be a 'fact-based film. 

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It comes after early reviews suggest Jobs, played by Michael Fassbender, is portrayed as having a harsh temper and unable to manage personal relationships, especially with his daughter.

But despite receiving praise on the festival circuit, the family of Mr Jobs and those who closely worked with him at Apple have slammed the movie for the way the former Apple CEO is shown. 

However Mr Sorkin, known for penning rapid-fire dialogue, told the Los Angeles Times: 'Steve Jobs' film doesn't fall into the same genre.

'It's not meant to be a dramatic re-creation of actual events.'

It comes just days after he also defended the film on This Morning saying his aim was to create a 'painting not a photograph.'

The film, which also stars Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen, has had more than its fair share of problems from the off and at times looked like it might not make it into movie theaters.

Last week it was reported that Steve Jobs wife Laurene Powell Jobs begged Hollywood stars Leonardo Di Caprio and Christian Bale to avoid the leading role, with both of the actors believed to have been offered the part.

Meanwhile new Apple CEO Tim Cook slammed the film while appearing on the Late Show last month, calling the portrayal of Mr Jobs 'opportunistic' and 'unfair'.

In an interview with US talk show host Stephen Colbert, Mr Cook said: 'He was a joy to work with and I love him dearly, I miss him everyday.

'I think that a lot of people are trying to be opportunistic and I hate that, it's not a great part of our world.'

Actor Michael Fassbender portrays the former Apple CEO in the film, which has been slammed by some of Mr Jobs family 

Actor Michael Fassbender portrays the former Apple CEO in the film, which has been slammed by some of Mr Jobs family 

In the biopic, pictured, Mr Jobs is thought to be shown as having a harsh temper and unable to manage personal relationships, especially with his daughter

In the biopic, pictured, Mr Jobs is thought to be shown as having a harsh temper and unable to manage personal relationships, especially with his daughter

While Apple cheif designer, Sir Jonathan Ive, who has created devices such as the iMac and Apple Watch, said Jobs' character had been 'hijacked' for the film and claimed it was 'ever so sad' for family and close friends of the 56-year-old.

Last year, the Sony email hack also revealed that Mr Sorkin had reservations about casting Fassbender as the lead role, leading to the screenwriter having to email a grovelling apology to the Inglourious Basterds actor.

After the hack, Sorkin told Fassbender that he had not seen his movies and, after doing so, had changed his opinion about his ability to play the former Apple boss.

New Apple CEO Tim Cook slammed the film while appearing on the Late Show last month, calling the portrayl of Mr Jobs, pictured in 2011, 'opportunistic' and 'unfair'.

New Apple CEO Tim Cook slammed the film while appearing on the Late Show last month, calling the portrayl of Mr Jobs, pictured in 2011, 'opportunistic' and 'unfair'.

It was reported that Steve Jobs wife Laurene Powell Jobs, pictured, begged Hollywood stars Leonardo Di Caprio and Christian Bale to avoid the leading role in the biopic

It was reported that Steve Jobs wife Laurene Powell Jobs, pictured, begged Hollywood stars Leonardo Di Caprio and Christian Bale to avoid the leading role in the biopic

Another report also claims that Danny Boyle was only brought in to direct the film after David Fincher refused to take less than a $10million salary, and wanted a $45million budget - more than Sony Pictures were willing to contribute.

After Boyle was brought in, Sony Pictures is reported to have sought more funding from financiers, but for whatever reason, be it the casting of Fassbender or pressure from Ms Powell Jobs, more funds were not provided.

At this point Sony suddenly pulled out and the movie instead went to Universal. Sony Pictures boss Amy Pascal would later resign, saying what happened was 'entirely my fault'.

 

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