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Michael Fassbender who has been nominated for the best supporting actor Oscar

Michael Fassbender who has been nominated for the best supporting actor Oscar

Aaron Sorkin holds the award at the BAFTA award ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London

Aaron Sorkin holds the award at the BAFTA award ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London

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Michael Fassbender who has been nominated for the best supporting actor Oscar

IRISH actor Michael Fassbender is clearly not on Hollywood screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's radar who described him as a person who nobody would know or care about in a newly leaked email.

Fassbender has been cast as Apple boss Steve Jobs in a movie about the entrepreneur's life that has been causing controversy in Tinsletown.

A data hack has resulted in a number of email accounts of Sony bosses being posted online.

Sorkin wrote in an email to producer Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal of Sony Pictures discussing the Jobs biopic, but was concerned about the choice of the Kerry actor.

"This used to be an event. I don't know who Michael Fassbender is and the rest of the world isn't going to care," he said.

Fassbender has starred in a number of high profile Hollywood flicks including Inglorious Basterds and X-Men.

Oscar

He was nominated for an Oscar for his part in 12 Years a Slave.

However, it is believed that Sorkin, who penned the Facebook film, wanted Tom Cruise to play the role.

The emails back and forth between a number of those involved in the development of the film detail the events that lead up to Sony Pictures eventually dropping the project.

Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio were also linked to the role of the tech entrepreneur.

However, it was not all bad news for the Irishman as in a later email the screenwriter agreed that he might be the man for the job.

"F*** it. He's a great actor whose time has come," he wrote.

Universal Studios were quick to pick up the project after Sony discarded it.

It is to be the second movie about the founder of Apple.

Danny Boyle has been drafted in to direct.

The emails posted online also showed the producer of the film insulting actress Angelina Jolie, calling her a spoiled brat.

Distance

Natalie Portman is the latest hugh-profile name to have distanced herself from the problematic film.

It was rumoured that she would star alongside Fassbender, but this week insiders reported that she would not be joining the cast.

The movie is due to begin shooting in the New Year.

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