Jobs' widow made sure Dicaprio and Bale didn't portray her husband on the silver screen

Jobs' widow made sure Dicaprio and Bale didn't portray her husband on the silver screen
One by one they were rumored to play Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic written by Aaron Sorkin. Big A-list names like Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale were each allegedly getting the coveted role to portray the complex co-founder and CEO of Apple. But within days of each rumor came news that they were not interested in the part. According to those familiar with the situation, all of this was due to the back-stage workings of  Laurene Jobs.

Someone referred to as a "key player" in the movie, told the The Hollywood Reporter that Steve Jobs' widow did not want the picture to be made. This source claims that "Laurene Jobs called Leo DiCaprio and said, 'Don't do it.' Laurene Jobs called Christian Bale and said, 'Don't [do it].' " Representatives for both actors could not confirm this, but a Sony executive did admit that Laurene Jobs did not want the biopic to be made. This same executive says that it is his understanding that Jobs' widow did call one or two actors.

While Laurene Jobs, who married Steve back in 1991, is not portrayed in the film, she was apparently worried about how the movie would show her late husband's flaws. Since his death, there have been numerous projects that have focused on the negative side to his personality, showing him to be rude and demanding to employees. To combat that image, Apple recently released a tape of Jobs speaking to Apple employees on the eve of the original Apple iPhone unveiling.

Eventually, Michael Fassbender was given the role, and Universal ended up making the film after Sony dropped out. Those who have seen previews of "Steve Jobs" have given it high praise and some are picking the film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. Others believe that Fassbender will earn at least a nomination for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jobs.

The film opens in New York and L.A. tomorrow, with nationwide distribution beginning on October 23rd.

source: TheHollywoodReporter via NYPost

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21 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Ayy lmao

17. engineer-1701d unregistered

cant wait the see it flop like all the rest before and still showing. you could ask some random apple user female in any major city who steve jobs was and what did he invent and they would not know, thats right i said invent hahahahhaa i know he didnt invent anything.

2. middlehead

Posts: 458; Member since: May 12, 2014

Steve Jobs did not deserve a movie.

3. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Only if Kim Jong ill deserves..

5. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He got one. The Interview.

7. xdza1979

Posts: 296; Member since: Aug 08, 2015

Indeed, if George W Bosch have a movie too, why not!

12. DFranch

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Definately didn't deserve multiple movies. Although, he may have deserved Ashton Kutcher.

4. amanjain1

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

y no leo..they are going to make the movie anyways so whats the point in askin leo not to

6. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

When's the JK Shin movie coming out? Wait that's right Samsung is second teir, it just ripps off apple. Android it self was a blackberry ripp off until apple unveiled the iPhone. Must really hurt the fandroids here when apple takes in all the quality apps and profits with the highest adaptation rate of new updates. I use an android and an iPhone but the fandroids are Androids worst part.

9. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

In 90% of your posts you whine about fandroids lol.

11. tedkord

Posts: 17413; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

None of it hurts me, because I know that the Note 5 I'm typing this on is far and away the best smartphone on the planet.

15. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yet it has memory issues

16. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Zylam has a sore a55 from poking his iphonecrap6S+ up there. Samsung would never make a movie about JK Shin. They'd make a movie about all the iCrapSheep brainwashing instead HAHAHA

18. engineer-1701d unregistered

i would say the carriers are androids worst part since they stop the updates. i like how samsung is making a care site for updates to bypass carriers. i love the samsung youtube video about the company when it started until now its truly an amazing company when you see how far they came and speed and how big they really are.

19. engineer-1701d unregistered

why whould any one want a jk shin movie, just like why would any one want a apple steve movie.because they are losers with no lives

8. drtrigsman

Posts: 55; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Where's the Wozniak biopic? Danger was the most innovative cell company of all time.

20. engineer-1701d unregistered

wozniak is the only guy worth making the movie about he did the coding and figured everything out. not steve he just shouted at people and told them he wants that and that. we all did that when we turned 5 they we grow up and became smarter self aware

10. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

I don't blame her. It is her husband and she loved him even with his flaws. It can't be easy to see them blown up on the big screen. Obviously, the public wants both sides of the story due to his deity like presence in the tech space, but I completely understand her feelings on it, if this is true.

21. engineer-1701d unregistered

she has no care in the world about him steve i mean she just wants the royalty checks from the movie and with bail or leo it would be a smaller check, they are not that big in hollywood right now mf is.

14. Cyberthing

Posts: 127; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

DiCaprio?! He's a good actor but he doesn't fit that role.

22. tokuzumi

Posts: 1927; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Steve Jobs was a business sociopath. Maybe he was a great family man, but the side he displayed publically was one of arrogance and immaturity.

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