Aaron Sorkin - Humanizing "Steve Jobs"

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Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin discusses his research into the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs for the eponymous biopic about the late entrepreneur. (5:59)

>> Trevor: PLEASE WELCOME,AARON SORKIN!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Trevor: THE CHEERS FOR AGENIUS.

GREAT TO HAVE YOU HERE.

>> THANKS VERY MUCH.

>> Trevor: I WATCHED THE FILM,LOVED THE FILM.

>> YEAH?

THANKS.

>> Trevor: I'M NOTICING ATREND HERE.

YOU'RE WORKING AND CREATINGMOVIES ABOUT TORTURED GENIUSES.

WHEN ARE YOU MAKING THE FILMABOUT KANYE WEST?

>> AH, COMING UP.

>> Trevor: HOW DO YOU CHOOSETHESE FILMS?

IS IT JUST TECH THAT APPEALS TOYOU.

I NOTICED A LOT OF MOVIES ABOUTTECH AND THE FUTURE AND --

>> NO, I DON'T UNDERSTAND TECHAT ALL.

IT TAKES ME FIVE MINUTES TO FINDTHE POWER BUTTON ON MY MAC, AND

WHEN I TOOK THIS JOB, I TOLD THESTUDIO THAT, YOU KNOW, I'M GOING

TO NEED SOMEBODY TO ADVISE ME,SO THEY SAID, OKAY, WE'RE GOING

TO HIRE STEVE WOZNIAK.

AFTER FIVE MINUTES WITH STEVEWOZNIAK, I SAID, HANG ON ONE

SECOND, I MADE A PHONE CALL ANDSAID, LISTEN, I'M GOING TO NEED

A 7th GRADE SCIENCE TEACHER.

>> Trevor: HE HAS TONS OFDEVICES.

>> HE'S BRILLIANT, HE -- THEYHAVEN'T SEEN -- THE THING WITH

THE WATCH, THAT COMES DIRECTLYFROM HIM DEMONSTRATING TO ME --

>> Trevor: I DON'T WANT TOSPOIL IT BUT --

>> IT'S A CRAZY WATCH THAT --

>> Trevor: LOOKS LIKE A BOMB.

>> IT DOES LOOK LIKE A BOMB ANDTHAT'S IT'S PROBLEM, BUT HE'S

CONVINCED THAT IT WORKSEXACTLY -- HE WAS SHOWING IT TO

ME, VERY PROUD THAT IT WORKS THEWAY YOUR MIND WORKS, THAT YOU

TURN IT ONCE AND 12:00, TURN ITAGAIN AND IT'S 12:21.

I DIDN'T WANT TO TELL HIM--NOBODY HAS PROBLEM TELLING TIME.

>> Trevor: WHEN I SAW THESCENE IN THE MOVIE, I WAS,

LIKE -- BECAUSE I'M SURE YOU SAWTHE STORY WITH AHMED, THE YOUNG

KID WHO BUILT A CLOCK.

>> I DID.

>> Trevor: SOME PEOPLE SAID ITLOOKED LIKE A BOMB.

>> I HOPE THAT THAT MOMENTDOESN'T TAKE PEOPLE OUT OF THE

MOVIE WHEN WE MAKE A JOKE ABOUTTHE WATCH LOOKING LIKE A BOMB.

>> Trevor: I DON'T THINK ITWILL.

IT WAS FANTASTIC.

YOU GOT A LOT OF -- I WOULDN'TSAY BACKLASH BUT SOME OF THE

PEOPLE IN AND AROUND APPLE WERESAYING THIS IS NOT STEVE JOBS.

THE WAY YOU PORTRAYED HIM WASINCORRECT.

HE WAS A NICE AND FRIENDLY ANDYOU MADE HIM ROOK MEAN.

>> RIGHT.

THE PEOPLE SAYING THAT HAVEN'TSEEN THE MOVIE, ACTUALLY, SO

THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT I'VE MADEHIM LOOK LIKE.

BUT I APOLOGIZE RIGHT AWAYANYWAY BECAUSE IT'S A BUILDING

FULL OF PEOPLE THAT CAN HACKINTO MY HARD DRIVE AND DO

ANYTHING THEY WANT.

SO --

>> Trevor: AND THIS WILL BE THESECOND TIME YOU GET HACKED.

>> I'VE GOT EVERYONE MAD AT ME.

I'M ABSOLUTELY DONE WITH SILICONVALLEY.

YOU DON'T WANT TO MAKE THESEPEOPLE MAD AT YOU.

YOU REALLY DON'T.

>> Trevor: WAS IT YOURINTENTION, THOUGH?

I'VE NEVER SEEN STEVE JOBSPORTRAYED LIKE HE IS IN THIS

MOVIE.

FASSBENDER WAS AMAZING, BY THEWAY.

>> FASSBENDER IS AMAZING.

THIS MOVIE IS NOT A CRADLE TOGRAVE STORY WHERE YOU LAND ON

THE CHARACTER'S GREATEST HITSALONG THE WAY.

THE ENTIRE MOVIE IS THREESCENES, EACH SCENE TAKES PLACE

IN REALTIME, 30 MINUTES FOR YOUAND THE AUDIENCE IS THE SAME FOR

THE CHARACTER ON THE SCREEN, NOTIME CUTS, AND THEY EACH TAKE

PLACE BACKSTAGE IN THE MOMENTSLEADING UP TO A PRODUCT LAUNCH.

STEVE JUST DEALS WITH THESECONFLICT THAT HE HAS IN HIS

LIFE, CONFLICT WITH WOZ,ONE-TIME BOSS SCULLEY, CHIEF

ENGINEER ANDY HERTZFELD, AND,MOST EMOTIONALLY, WITH HIS

ELDEST DAUGHTER LISA, WHOORIGINALLY HE DENIED PATERNITY

OF.

>> Trevor: YOU SPENT A LOT OFTIME WITH HER.

>> I DID.

>> Trevor: DID YOU RELY ON HERTO FILL THE BEATS?

IT'S REALLY PASSIONATE MOMENTSWHERE YOU'RE, LIKE, THIS IS THE

SADDEST THING AND THEN YOU'RE,LIKE, THERE'S A NEW MAC!

>> YEAH, I COULDN'T GET PAST ITAT FIRST BECAUSE I'M THE FATHER

OF A DAUGHTER, TOO, AND ICOULDN'T GET PAST STEVE'S

TREATMENT OF HIS DAUGHTER AND IDIDN'T KNOW HOW WE WERE GOING TO

CELEBRATE THE iPhone ANDIPod WHEN THIS WAS GOING ON.

>> Trevor: BECAUSE IT'SFANTASTIC.

>> YEAH.

>> Trevor: I KNOW YOU DENIEDYOUR DAUGHTER, BUT, FIRST iTOUCH

HEY!

>> IT WAS LISA WHO HELPED ME GETPAST IT.

SHE'S A REMARKABLE WOMAN, NOW.

SHE'S A GROWN WOMAN WHO JUST HADA WAY OF -- SHE WOULD TELL ME A

STORY, IT WOULDN'T NECESSARILYBE THE MOST FLATTERING STORY

ABOUT HER FATHER, BUT SHE WOULDTURN IT LIKE A PRISM AND SAY,

YOU COULD SEE HOW MUCH HE REALLYLOVED ME BECAUSE OF THIS.

AND I THOUGHT, IF LISA CAN GETTHROUGH IT, SURELY I CAN.

>> Trevor: I WENT THROUGHEVERY SINGLE EMOTION.

I WAS WATCHING THE MOVIE.

YOU HATE STEVE JOBS, YOU LOVEHIM, YOU HATE HIM AGAIN.

AND YOU GO, THE HUMAN BEING ISFANTASTIC.

>> HE'S DEFINETLY A HUMAN BEING.

A BRILLIANT AND FLAWED HUMANBEING.

MY HOPE IS MOST OF THE ARGUMENTSWILL HAPPEN -- THE MOVIE ASKS A

LOT OF QUESTIONS IT NEVERBOTHERS TO ANSWER AND HOPEFULLY

MOST OF THAT DISCUSSION WILLHAPPEN IN THE PARKING LOT

AFTERWARDS.

>> Trevor: IT MOST CERTAINLYWILL, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR COMINGIN.

STEVE JOBS OPENS IN NEW YORK ANDL.A. ON FRIDAY.

IT'LL OPEN NATIONWIDE ON OCTOBER23RD.

AARON SORKIN, EVERYONE!