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Michael Fassbender worried about playing Steve Jobs after his widow tried to block film

Shereen Low

Published 19/10/2015 | 07:00

Irish actor Michael Fassbender and British actress Kate Winslet arrive to attend the premiere of ‘Steve Jobs’, during the BFI London Film Festival in London
Irish actor Michael Fassbender and British actress Kate Winslet arrive to attend the premiere of ‘Steve Jobs’, during the BFI London Film Festival in London

Irish actor Michael Fassbender said he had to think long and hard about playing Steve Jobs in a controversial new movie after the widow of the Apple boss tried to block it.

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At the London premiere of the movie last night, Fassbender said he worried about how the family would view the film.

"It did make me hesitate. I was worried about how their late father, husband and friend would be portrayed and that weighed on my conscience," he said.

"There was a responsibility, for sure. But I have to get on with my job.

"This wasn't a biopic, it was a dramatisation, so all the clues I needed were in the script.

"I approached it with utmost respect for Jobs and his family and by no means did not set out to betray them. If they do see it, I hope they are not hurt by it because that's not my intention."

The film, by Danny Boyle, also stars Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg.

Based on Walter Isaacson's biography about the technology innovator and interviews conducted by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, it spans a period of 14 years between 1984 and 1998.

Winslet portrays Jobs's long-suffering right-hand woman, Joanna Hoffman.

She said she "loved" the 1980s outfits in the first part of the film, which saw her unrecognisable in big glasses and shoulder pads.

Irish Independent

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