Aaron Sorkin on ‘Steve Jobs’ and the Secret to Great Dialogue

     October 19, 2015


I loved Steve Jobs. Featuring exceptional work by the entire cast, brilliant direction by Danny Boyle, and a dazzling script by Aaron SorkinSteve Jobs is one of those rare movies where everything works perfectly and it’s absolutely worth your time and money. It’s definitely going to be a player in this year’s awards season.


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Unlike most biopics that try and tell someone’s whole life story in two hours, the film consists of three principal scenes that each take place during a major product launch in Jobs’ career: the Macintosh in 1984, the NeXT in 1988, and the iMac in 1998. As most of you know, Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs, the pioneering founder of Apple, Kate Winslet starring as Joanna Hoffman, former marketing chief of Macintosh. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple, is played by Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels stars as former Apple CEO John Sculley.  The film also stars Katherine Waterston as Chrisann Brennan, Jobs’ ex-girlfriend, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original members of the Apple Macintosh development team.

At the recent press junket in London, I landed an exclusive video interview with Aaron Sorkin. He talked about the secret to writing great dialogue, memorable moments from the making of the film, if he ever thought the film wouldn’t get made, if the iPod was ever going to be one of the product launches, and more. Watch what he had to say below.

Steve Jobs is now playing in limited release and expanding nationwide October 23rd.

Aaron Sorkin:

  • Did he ever think this film wouldn’t get made?
  • Memorable moments from making Steve Jobs.
  • What’s the secret to writing great dialogue?
  • Was the iPod ever going to be a part of the film and changes to the script.

Image via Universal Pictures

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