Before we continue, I would just like to point out that yes I am fully aware of how that headline might read, but we run a family friendly business here and I’ll have none of your dirty thoughts sullying the place, thank you very much! Now onto the most important business: How Ashton Kutcher is better than Michael Fassbender.
The preceding sentence may be almost as ridiculous as the headline, but that makes it no less true. At least when it comes to just looking like late Apple boss Steve Jobs. We know this thanks to these first set pics (via The Daily Mail and Mac Rumours) from director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and scribe Aaron Sorkin’s (The West Wing, Social Network, Moneyball) long gestating Jobs biopic, which was finally given the imaginative title of Steve Jobs last week and has now begun production.
The pics show Oscar nominated Fassbender in 1980’s costume as Steve Jobs alongside funnyman Seth Rogen who plays Jobs’ Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. In last year’s Jobs, the respective roles were played by the aforementioned Kutcher and Josh Gad, and while overall that movie was a dud, there was certainly no denying that they completely looked the part. Here? Eh, not quite.
Now I have lots of faith in the pairing of Boyle and Sorkin, and Fassbender’s acting talent certainly needs no introduction while Rogen………….. Have I mentioned yet how incredible an actor Michael Fassbender is? In all seriousness though, there’s some serious talent attached to this pic both behind the camera and in front of it – the support cast is rounded out by Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels and Sarah Snook, among others. And has been proven in several award winning biopics like Raging Bull, Bronson, etc over the years, looking like your real-life counterpart is not the most important thing if you can bring your acting A-game. These guys are definitely capable of that.
What’s more, the film has an incredibly intriguing structure, as it’s divided up around the launches of three of Apple’s most iconic products: the Macintosh in 1984, NeXT in 1988, and the iPod in 2001. Each segment is set to be approximately 30 minutes long and will happen in real-time. How this ties in with Sorkin’s earlier claims that Job’s estranged daughter Lisa is the “hero” of the film is still unclear, but there’s no denying that the writer and Boyle are trying to do something ambitious here, unlike the very unmemorable Jobs. If they can nail these ambitions, then real life resemblance or not, this could be a serious player in next year’s movie calendar. Steve Jobs is expected to have an early 2016 release.
Last Updated: February 4, 2015