Danny Boyle may have lost his leading man of choice for the role of Steve Jobs in his upcoming biopic, but the Slumdog Millionaire director isn't ready to give up. Just a day after word surfaced that Christian Bale would no longer be playing Apple's visionary but bad-tempered co-founder, news came in from Variety that Michael Fassbender, best known for playing Magneto, was already in talks to take over the role.
Christian Bale seemed so perfect for the role of Steve Jobs in the upcoming Danny Boyle biopic. He had the acting chops, the looks, and of course, the temper. Alas, it's not to be. Despite a wave of excitement for his casting that brought coverage all the way to Conan O'Brien's show, the Hollywood Reporter claims that Bale stepped down because he believed he "was not right for the part."
According to a report by Variety, actor Seth Rogen will likely be playing Apple co-founder Steve "Woz" Wozniak in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic starring Christian Bale. There's a touch of iffiness about the claim as TheWrap notes that Rogen doesn't have a deal in place, but most sources agree that Rogen is at least in talks for the role.
The next time you think you've paid a lot for your Apple computer, consider the buyers of a rare working Apple I motherboard who put down $905,000 for the unit at a Bonhams History of Science auction in New York. The Bonhams video accompanying the auction (below) suggested it might go for around $300,000 or $500,000, but it left the lot for about double that.
Something tells me Larry Ellison didn't rush out to see "Jobs" this weekend. But maybe he should have.
Last week, the Oracle CEO praised his longtime friend in a candid interview with Charlie Rose on "CBS This Morning," and painted a dreary picture of Apple in the process.
"They will not be nearly so successful because he's gone. He was brilliant. I mean, our Edison. He was our Picasso. He was an incredible inventor. ... We saw Apple with Steve Jobs (raises a finger high into the air). We saw Apple without Steve Jobs (lowers the finger). We saw Apple with Steve Jobs (raises his finger again). Now, we're gonna see Apple without Steve Jobs (holds the finger in the air for a moment before dropping it again)."
It may be true that Apple flourished when Steve Jobs came back and floundered during the decade he was gone, but to say Apple won't survive without him is to trivialize his impact on the design, direction and dogma of the company he founded.