Aaron Sorkin has come out in defense of his new movie Steve Jobs, saying his “conscience is clear” about actor Michael Fassbender’s portrayal of the late Apple CEO. Speaking at last night’s European premiere in London, the screenwriter admitted that while he had to take some artistic liberties to make the film, it also reveals “some bigger truths”.
“Steve Jobs, as far as I know, didn’t have confrontations with the same six people 40 minutes before each product launch,” explains Sorkin. “Obviously that’s a writer’s conceit. But I do think the movie brings out some bigger truths, some bigger truths than what really happened in the 40 minutes before the product launches, which I think is was not about drama. What you see is a dramatization of various personal conflicts that he had in his life, and they illustrate something, they give you a picture of something. Are they fair? I really believe they are fair. My conscience is pure.’
While the film has received mostly positive reviews, it has been criticized by some people close to Jobs. Jobs’s widow, Laurene Jobs, reportedly tried to block the film, even going so far as to ask Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale not to take the part. “While Mrs. Jobs, Laurene Powell, objected to the film being made from the start, [his daughter] Lisa Jobs didn’t, and she’s the one portrayed in the movie,” Sorkin said in response to criticism.
Steve Jobs explores the life of the late co-founder of Apple in three companies, focusing on behind-the-scenes preparations for the launch of the first Macintosh, the NeXT system, and the iMac. It also features some of the most important figures in Jobs’s life, including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and the daughter Jobs long denied. In his review, Ars called the film “generally likeable”, citing outstanding performances from Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet, among others.