The Verge has released a video of an interview conducted by the site’s own Nilay Patel with Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle, the creators of the new Steve Jobs movie.
Sorkin and Boyle said that the movie is a retelling of a myth. The creators of the movie said that the point was to explore Jobs’ fall and redemption at Apple in a way that uses a character who is not meant to portray the “real” Steve Jobs. Sorkin says that the whole point of the movie was for it not to be a biopic.
“Before I knew what I wanted to do, I knew what I didn’t want to do: write a biopic.
It’s an abstract. That was one of the reasons we didn’t want [Michael Fassbender, who plays Jobs] slavishly to look like him. We wanted to send the signal very early on… that it’s clearly not a photographic impersonation.”
It’s clear why so many people who knew Steve Jobs, like Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and Laurene Powell Jobs, are upset and angry about the movie. All of Jobs’ friends and family still see him as a man, not a myth. During the interview, Sorkin said:
“There is a difference between journalism and what I do. That doesn’t give you a license to lie, but the difference between journalism and what we do is the difference between a photograph and painting. What we’re doing is a painting.”
Here is the video of the entire interview:
The intention of the Steve Jobs movie was to portray the myth, not the reality of the man behind the myth. Be sure to watch The Verge’s entire interview with Sorkin and Boyle above and let us know what you think about their remarks in the comments below.