Michael Fassbender was born to play ‘Steve Jobs’ (Photos: Getty)
Hollywood’s hottest “IT” guy is Michael Fassbender and he gives his thoughts to Elle Magazine on playing none other than legend Steve Jobs whom he basically knew nothing about.
According to Kate Winslet…“He is a-dor-able—that’s broken up into those three separate syllables. I adore this man,” Fassbender’s costar in this month’s Steve Jobs. “My first impression of him was very different to what I was expecting. He’s truly bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready to go. There’s a boyish quality. I did say to him, ‘I thought you’d be intense and brooding and off on your own in a corner with the metaphorical dark cloud hanging over you.’ Quite the opposite.”
Who can ever forget Fassbender playing Brandon, the taut, tormented, affluent sex addict (2011’s Shame); and the brutal, obsessed slave owner Edwin Epps (2013’s Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave)—a performance that earned Fassbender an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor.
In ‘Steve Jobs’, the actor becomes the icon behind the Apple, the man who, through brilliance and bullying, reinvented the personal computer and revolutionized the way we connect and disconnect. “It was intimidating for me, very intimidating,” says Fassbender, who was cast after Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale each stopped circling the role. “My knowledge of the man was minimal, if not, like, zero. I could have done definitely with a bit more time prepping.”
Ask Fassbender what exactly he found attractive, or unattractive, in Jobs, a man variously described as charismatic, spiteful, controlling, brilliant, magical, assholic, a thrower of temper tantrums, and long a denier of his first child’s paternity, and the star replies, he said…“I didn’t really find anything unattractive. Once I’m in that world and trying to live and represent this character, I don’t look at it like, that’s dislikable. I just think that’s human and perhaps a failing, a shortcoming.”
Seth Rogen, who plays Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, puts it another way: “The guy has more words in this one movie than in every movie I’ve ever done put together. The process was fascinating for me; this was a different group of people than I’m normally used to working with. One of the first things I asked Michael was, ‘Are you going to be acting like Steve Jobs all day? Between takes, do I have to call you Steve?’ He’s like, ‘Fuck no! Are you kidding me? That’s crazy.’ Between takes, we’d joke around, sing rap songs to each other.”
The full article in Elle is due out in October.