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Star Kate Winslet, director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin celebrated their film Steve Jobs at its L.A. premiere Thursday night at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.
Other celebrities at the premiere included Adam Shapiro, Molly Sims and John Ortiz.
When introducing the film, Sorkin referenced its move to Universal from Sony, which was undergoing a sizable email hack at the time. The screenwriter joked, “You may have heard, you may have read, that this movie did not have the world’s smoothest journey. Ordinarily when you’re making a film, you don’t have North Korean terrorists threatening the studio and exposing a lot of information.”
Steve Jobs, loosely based on Walter Isaacson’s book of the same name, was written in three acts, each taking place before the launch of a new product: 1984’s Macintosh, 1988’s NeXT and 1998’s iMac. Regarding the film’s structure, Boyle told THR, “You’ve got this figure Jobs, who’s a myth — there are lots of stories that are very positive about him, very negative about him. I love the idea that you do 40 minutes of him backstage before the three launches. I think you learn as much about him through that method as you would a five-hour biopic.”
When asked about the film’s depiction of Jobs, who often was described as, quite frankly, an asshole, Boyle said, “Well, he was!” The director then added: “There’s this very famous expression, where this French guy said, ‘I understand Jobs because I’m also a recovering ass-oholic.’ A lot of people thought that about him. But he was also a genius and an amazing motivator and an inspiration to people.”
From left: Aaron Sorkin, Danny Boyle and producer Guymon Casady at the premiere.
Winslet, who portrays longtime Jobs colleague Joanna Hoffman in the film, described her character as someone Jobs “needed.” She explained to THR: “Joanna had extraordinary loyalty to him. And really, really loved him as a friend and respected him. At the end of the day, they were colleagues. And he’s a smart man. He was never going to surround himself with ‘yes’ people. She wasn’t a ‘yes’ person. And he knew that and needed that. He needed somebody who wasn’t going to agree like the masses.”
Regarding the controversy surrounding the film, including widow Laurene Powell Jobs’ objections to it, Winslet said, “I genuinely believe that this interpretation of Steve Jobs is a much more humane take on the man that stereotypically we’ve not heard about before. I think it reveals other sides to this machine that was actually a man.”
Steve Jobs opens in limited release Oct. 9 and everywhere Oct. 23.
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