Aaron Sorkin Tries to End Feud With Apple CEO Tim Cook

Posted on September 27, 2015

Closeup of Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs in biopic

Oscar winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has been basking in praise for his new film Steve Jobs which stars Michael Fassbender as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The screenplay shows Jobs in a pretty unflattering light in some scenes and Apple CEO Tim Cook is not happy about it.

It all started when Tim Cook said that Sorkin was "opportunistic" for making such a controversial film about the life of Cook's mentor and friend. Cook made the comments on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. He said he has not seen either of the Steve Jobs films but labeled the filmmakers opportunistic. He also said, "I hate this. It's not a great part of our world."

Sorkin, furious at the criticism, blasted back at Cook during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter during a press junket in London. Sorkin noted that everyone had to take a pay cut to get the movie made and they didn't do it to get rich. He declared that "Tim Cook should really see the movie before he decides what it is." Then he moved in for the kill adding, "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." This perfectly illustrates why no one in his right mind gets into a war of words with Aaron Sorkin.

But now Sorkin has had a change of heart. He has publicly apologized to Cook. He told E! News, "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." Cook has not yet responded to the apology.

Steve Jobs is getting rave reviews so far and is set for release on October 9, 2015. The film also stars Seth Rogen and Kate Winslet.

Photo: Universal Pictures



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