It’s no secret that Michael Fassbender — the actor probably best-known for playing Magneto in X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past — wasn’t writer Aaron Sorkin’s first choice for the role of Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic.
But in a new interview, Fassbender says the screenwriter’s early lack of faith in him isn’t something he’s too bothered by, and puts it down to a difference of opinion.
According to emails leaked as part of the Sony hack late last year, Sorkin was rooting for Tom Cruise to get the role of Jobs — a piece of casting I would have been totally on-board with, given Cruise’s good looks, likability, intensity and hints that he may just be a tiny bit crazy under the surface.
When Fassbender’s name was touted, however, Sorkin described the move as “insane” and wrote that, “I don’t know who Michael Fassbender is and the rest of the world isn’t going to care.”
While he later warmed up to the decision and admitted that Fassbender is a “great actor,” it’s hardly the kind of total support you expect an actor would be looking for from one of the driving forces behind such a massive project.
Fassbender has now completed the Jobs biopic, under director Danny Boyle’s guidance, and he tells the Associated Press that he tried not to take Sorkin’s dig too personally.
“It’s whatever,” he said. “People have opinions. The Internet is the Internet. I have a job to do, so I just get on with that.”
We’ll have to wait until October to find out how Fassbender has done playing one of the most iconic and recognizable figures of our time. Although photos from set suggests Fassbender looks nothing like Jobs, most people thought that Ashton Kutcher was, physically, the perfect match for Apple’s legendary CEO.
And we all know how that movie turned out!
Source: Associated Press