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Aaron Sorkin rips Tim Cook for calling ‘Steve Jobs’ film opportunistic, quickly apologizes

September 27th, 2015 at 2:15 PM
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A few weeks ago, Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared on the new Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Over the course of an interesting 10 minute interview, Colbert asked Cook what he thought about the spate of Steve Jobs related films that were making their way into theaters.

Cook responded by saying that he was none too thrilled by all of the Steve Jobs portrayls he had seen thus far, emphasizing that they don’t accurately reflect “the man that I knew.”

Calling Jobs a great man, Cook said: “I think a lot of people are trying to be opportunistic and I hate this. It’s not a great part of our world.”

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While Cook’s statements were more than likely directed at the negative portrayal of Jobs in the documentary Steve Jobs: Man in the Machine, famed hollywood screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, whose own Steve Jobs biopic is set to be released soon, quickly fired back with a few jabs of his own.

“Nobody did this movie to get rich,” Sorkin said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter on Friday. “Secondly, Tim Cook should really see the movie before he decides what it is. Third, if you’ve got a factory full of children in China assembling phones for 17 cents an hour you’ve got a lot of nerve calling someone else opportunistic.”

Shots fired.

But over the weekend, Sorkin apologized for his pointed remarks.

In an interview with E! News, Sorkin said: “You know what, I think that Tim Cook and I probably both went a little too far. And I apologize to Tim Cook. I hope when he sees the movie, he enjoys it as much as I enjoy his products.”

A trailer for Sorkin’s film Steve Jobs can be viewed below. Set to be released in early October, early reviews of the film have been overwhelmingly positive.

A life long Mac user and Apple enthusiast, Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 6 years. His writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and most recently, TUAW. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.




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