Danny Boyle on 'Steve Jobs': Casting Michael Fassbender, Apple's Lack of Involvement, Accuracy

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In a new interview with The Daily Beast, Steve Jobs director Danny Boyle spoke about many aspects of the movie, from why he casted Michael Fassbender to Apple's lack of involvement with the film and whether it's accurate to the life of Steve Jobs.


After Christian Bale dropped out of the role and Sony Pictures courted the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper, the production chose Michael Fassbender to play the Apple co-founder. Boyle admits Fassbender doesn't look like Jobs, but says that there's a drive inside Fassbender that resembles Jobs.
What I saw in Michael was, aside from him being a great actor, this obsessive dedication to his craft, which I felt made him perfect for Jobs. Even though he doesn't look exactly like him, by the end of the film, you believe it's him.
Boyle goes on to say that he "won't even pretend to say that this is the definitive portrait of Jobs," noting that he acknowledges that some people will take the movie in a different way. Boyle says the film attempts to show as much of Jobs as possible, but that they weren't able to fully capture everything about him.
As Raymond Chandler said, in any work of art there's a sense of redemption. He clearly achieves that in his other family, which we don't touch on. He did move towards knowing that even though he did make the most beautiful things in the world, he himself was poorly made. The ability to recognize that is a big step. He is our hero, if you want to call him that.
Finally, Boyle speaks a little about Apple's lack of involvement in the film. In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Ridley Scott, who directed Apple's famous "1984" commercial, said that the filmmakers wanted to include the commercial in the film. However, Apple wouldn't agree because they didn't like the direction the film takes. "It's about his daughter," Scott tells The Daily Beast. "Which is an odd choice because he was a genius designer and visionary."

Sources at Universal Pictures tell The Daily Beast that Apple was "not helpful" in the making of the film. When asked about whether Apple tried to obstruct the making of Steve Jobs, Boyle dodges the question and says "We've had our struggles and we're going to get the film out there, and once we get the film out there, I'm sure we can talk about all that."

The full Daily Beast interview goes more in-depth with Danny Boyle, touching on the movie's behind-the-scenes drama after the Sony hack, the film's unique structure and more.

Article Link: Danny Boyle on 'Steve Jobs': Casting Michael Fassbender, Apple's Lack of Involvement, Accuracy
 

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stevemiller

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He was a horrible person, a horrible dad and sure as hell wasn't an innovator that people like to state he was. He simply too or stole ideas and made them as basic as possible so everyone could use them. Fassbender looks nothing like him at all
Aside from the fact that you sound like he ran over your dog, deeply flawed characters are often the most compelling. Be it accurate or highly embellished, the ultimate question is if it is an interesting narrative!
 

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He was a horrible person, a horrible dad and sure as hell wasn't an innovator that people like to state he was. He simply too or stole ideas and made them as basic as possible so everyone could use them. Fassbender looks nothing like him at all
Not saying he was a saint but:

1) I think the 'Lisa' demonstrated that Lisa meant something to him. He eventually accepted the fact that having slept with her mother for years it was pretty darn obvious he was the father.

2) I've ranted about the fact he looks nothing like jobs. However, Woz and the like have said that the movie nails Jobs' personality. I haven't watched it but surely his personality is more like Jobs' than Ashton Kutcher's is? Obsessive, fussy, self-absorbed European guy... tick. I think the make-up artists could have done a better job, but I guess it was their decision to choose personality over looks.

3) What ideas did he steal? The iMac is a stolen idea? (Okay it's essentially a Performa with a G3, stuffed into a 60's television with innovative cable management ideas). The Macintosh looks like all the computers of the day? The iPhone... yeah, there were so many other phones with that touch-screen GUI. Yes a lot of the technologies existed already, but his skill was packaging them, polishing them and making them accessible/pretty.

FWIW he paid Xerox to look at their technology and developed the mouse/GUI further so that they could be used by everybody. This was a paid technology sharing exercise and Xerox had full knowledge that he might use the mouse/GUI. They were not bitter about him using it with the Macintosh... they're a printer company.
 

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Not saying he was a saint but:

1) I think the 'Lisa' demonstrated that Lisa meant something to him. He eventually accepted the fact that having slept with her mother for years it was pretty darn obvious he was the father.

2) I've ranted about the fact he looks nothing like jobs. However, Woz and the like have said that the movie nails Jobs' personality. I haven't watched it but surely his personality is more like Jobs' than Ashton Kutcher's is? Obsessive, fussy, self-absorbed European guy... tick. I think the make-up artists could have done a better job, but I guess it was their decision to choose personality over looks.

3) What ideas did he steal? The iMac is a stolen idea? (Okay it's essentially a Performa with a G3, stuffed into a 60's television with innovative cable management ideas). The Macintosh looks like all the computers of the day? The iPhone... yeah, there were so many other phones with that touch-screen GUI. Yes a lot of the technologies existed already, but his skill was packaging them, polishing them and making them accessible/pretty.

FWIW he paid Xerox to look at their technology and developed the mouse/GUI further so that they could be used by everybody. This was a paid technology sharing exercise and Xerox had full knowledge that he might use the mouse/GUI. They were not bitter about him using it with the Macintosh... they're a printer company.
Aside from the Apple 1, and even that is debatable....did Jobs really, actually invent anything?
 

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I suppose one could measure genius by seeing something and making it better...but did Jobs do that either?

Or was it the talented and forgotten engineers and hobbyists of the time that were the real driving force.
 

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I suppose one could measure genius by seeing something and making it better...but did Jobs do that either?

Or was it the talented and forgotten engineers and hobbyists of the time that were the real driving force.
Of course it was the engineers like Avie and Bill and Woz. But that's not how the world works. After all, Bill Gates didn't singlehandedly invent Windows and Elon Musk didn't singlehandedly invent the Tesla either, but who's going to remember the names of the engineers in Microsoft and Tesla?
 

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Really? That's your response? Well I haven't stolen from people. I have berated and humiliated people as have been told ok numerous articles. I haven't purposely denied and neglected my child....
Why are you lashing out so angrily at those other posters for merely disagreeing with you. No one on here is saying Steve was some kind of God, but many are merely appreciating the man for all his accomplishments, rather than dwelling on his imperfections. Who amongst us is perfect and doesn't have things in their past they're not proud of?

You clearly don't like Steve very much, so why linger on a site devoted to products made by a company founded by the former?
 
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Regard his paternity...

Why everyone has a saying, everyone has an opinion, everyone is right and all.

But we NEVER ever hear from his daughter: Lisa.

She's alive, go ask her if his father was a good man or a bad man.
 
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