'Steve Jobs' takes big screen deep-dive into the man behind Apple

Fri Oct 9, 2015 2:09pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "It's like, five minutes before a launch, everyone goes to a bar and gets drunk and tells me what they really think," Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, played by Michael Fassbender, says with exasperation in a new biographical film.

The phrase sets the tone for Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's "Steve Jobs," a dialogue-heavy reimagining of one of technology's most revered figures in the moments leading up to three product launches: 1984's Macintosh, 1988's NeXT cube and 1998's iMac.

The film, directed by Oscar winner Danny Boyle and opening in New York and Los Angeles on Friday and across the U.S. next week, explores Jobs through four of his key relationships - with Apple's marketing head Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslet), fellow Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen), Apple CEO John Sculley (Jeff Daniels) and Jobs' eldest daughter, Lisa.

Seen across the years, the behind-the-scenes moments aim to shed light on Jobs the man, whether it's his warm relationship with "work wife" Hoffman, being a protective older brother-type to Wozniak or seeking a pat on the back from father-figure Sculley.

Coming four years after Jobs died at age 56 from cancer, the film is the third film on him, following 2013's "Jobs" starring Ashton Kutcher and this year's Alex Gibney's documentary "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine."

It looks at the much-revered technology entrepreneur from yet another angle. Sorkin adapted his screenplay in part from Pulitzer-winning Walter Isaacson's book: "Steve Jobs."

Introducing Boyle at a Los Angeles screening on Thursday, Sorkin enthused "you're never going to meet someone with this talent that has no business being this nice - one of themes we explore."

Unlike Boyle, the film portrays Jobs as contentious, arrogant, stubborn, isolated, troubled, charismatic, witty and often misunderstood.   Continued...

Actor Michael Fassbender gives an interview before a screening of the film "Steve Jobs" at the New York Film Festival in New York, United States, October 3, 2015.  REUTERS/Dominick Reuter