PopWrapped attended an exclusive screening of Steve Jobs, immediately followed by cast Q& that featured Kate Winslett, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, and the winning duo of Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle, who definitely deliver in this film. It will be generating some Oscar buzz across the board.
The film's official synopsis reads:
"Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter. His passion and ingenuity have been the driving force behind the digital age. However, his drive to revolutionize technology was sacrificial. Ultimately, it affected his family life and possibly his health. In this revealing film, we explore the trials and triumphs of a modern day genius, the late CEO of Apple Inc., Steven Paul Jobs."
Aaron Sorkin shared with the audience, "When I decided to write it as a three-act play I never believed the studio would go for it. Much to my surprise, they did. I also really wanted to focus on four personal relationships in Steve's life, his daughter Lisa, his longtime work relationship with Joanna Hoffman (Kate Winslett), his longtime friendship with friend and co-creator Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen), and up-and-down relationship with one-time boss John Sculley (Jeff Daniels)."
Danny Boyle shared with the audience how he got the actors to deliver Oscar-worthy performances. He pushed for a 10-day full rehearsal period before act one was even filmed.
The actors, crew, and extras all became comfortable in the scenes, like a well-oiled machine. After act one wrapped, he closed the entire set down again for a 10-day actor boot camp and followed the same format for a 7-day shutdown before act three was filmed. It ended up costing the studio an additional 5 million dollars, but was well worth it for the performances these guys delivered. (The crowd erupted with applause).
Seth Rogen shared how he met the real Steve Wozniak and learned so much from him. "A true genius," he said. He also drew a big laugh by sharing he had to audition for his part in the film, and rehearse for at least ten days. "In my films we don't have that, we just point and shoot."
Kate Winslett shared her admiration for Michael Fassbender for his devotion to the role of Steve, which set the mood of the film:
"Tons of dialogue to learn, and Danny allowed us to have the luxury of the rehearsal time. It just never happens on films. Every doorframe, hallways--we knew our marks, our lines. It just worked. We all got to spend time with the characters we portrayed and we all felt that we truly wanted to get it right. My character Joanna was not a yes person, and Steve truly knew she would always give him an honest answer and that's why they just worked for so long together."
Jeff Daniels was asked if this type of filming was a walk in the park because of his work on Newsroom. Jeff replied, "Of course, I just phoned it in." The audience roared with laughter. "Its repetition and memorization; you just have to put in the time. If you don't know it on an Aaron script, you're in trouble. The crew also knows if you are on it."
He also shared that his character John Sculley did receive death threats after being the guy who fired Steve Jobs: "He never did fully recover from this. He is wonderful now and on to other things. But there is still pain there."
Steve Jobs is a must-see film. Come Oscar time, you will see what all the buzz is about.
Owning two Apple products myself, it's nice to truly understand the blood, sweat, and tears that landed them in my hands.