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Micahel Fassbender ponders how he got talked into playing the role of Steve Jobs.

STEVE JOBS directed by Danny Boyle (USA, 2015)

The remarkable life of Steve Jobs cannot possibly be condensed into 122 minutes without making significant compromises. You have to distort events to create a cinematic reality. The problem of Danny Boyle’s movie, however, is that the bounds of credibility are pushed too far.

Scripted by Aaron Sorkin from William Isaacson’s biography, it takes such monumental liberties with the facts that what we are left with is a crude approximation of a complex man rather than a detailed insight into what elevated him to greatness.

His relationship with daughter Lisa may have been significant in real life but it’s hard to believe that she had such a major influence on his working philosophy.

In one key scene, Lisa works alone to ‘paint’ a picture on the early Mac causing Jobs’s hard heart to melt. It’s a touching moment but it never actually happened. It only serves to make you wonder how many other details in the movie are made up. The prominence given to the father-daughter relationship is all the more bizarre since Jobs’s wife and three children don’t figure in the story at all. Continue reading

The anticipated but still deeply sad news of Steve Jobs’ death at the age of just 56 robs the world of one of the great innovators. To die at such a relatively early age either proves that God doesn’t exist or signifies that heaven now has wi-fi and is in urgent need of his technological know-how and design skills.

“We don’t need another hero” sang Tina Turner inaccurately in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. The truth is that in these dark times we need all the heroes we can get. Steve Jobs was one of this rare breed. Like those other Apple scruffs (aka The Beatles) he had the courage to think differently and , like the Fab Four, he changed the way we see, feel and hear the world.

“Death is life’s best invention” he said in his Stanford commencement speech in 2005. He explained this by adding: “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important”.

His message in this speech , and  the example of  how he lived his life, was to assert that your gut instincts and curiosity should be nurtured so that you don’t get stuck in the safety first mode – “keep looking , don’t settle” , he urged the Stanford graduates.

He believed that life is a process of connecting the dots backwards: “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart”. Continue reading

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