Aaron Sorkin’s “impressionistic” picture of Steve Jobs presents him as cruel and inhumane, believes Laurene Powell Jobs, who repeatedly tried to block the film, reports the Wall Street Journal.
She wanted neither to participate in the production process, nor watch the movie, nor discuss anything in Sorkin’s script that bothered her, producer Scott Rudin told the WSJ. She “continued to say how much she disliked the book, and that any movie based on the book could not possibly be accurate.”
It’s an open secret that Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography has been criticized by friends and former colleagues, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, hence Steve Jobs widow’s argument.
In recent interviews Sorkin underscored that his portrait of Jobs differs significantly from Isaacson’s book. “When you’re writing about real people…you have a big responsibility,” Sorkin said in an interview, as cited by the WSJ.
On the other hand, Steve Wozniak (who received a $200,000 cheque for his contribution to the movie) said of Danny Boyle’s movie in an email: “It’s about Jobs and his personality; I feel that it did a great job.”
“The truth is not necessarily in the facts, it’s in the feel,” said Mr. Boyle.
In an emailed statement, Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley said, “The film was made with the utmost integrity and we are enormously proud of it.”
Steve Jobs will be available in theatres in the US starting October 9.