As you likely heard, Sony Pictures recently acquired feature rights to film a flick based on Walter Isaacson’s upcoming authorized biography book. Both the book and the movie should be titled simply “Steve Jobs”, although in case of the latter Sony is toying with different titles because they registered eight domain names, including stevejobs-movie.net.
Asked whether he would like to play Steve Jobs again, actor Noah Wyle told the Fortune blog:
Are you kidding? I would give my eye teeth, in the heartbeat, of a New York minute. There are certain roles you wish you could tackle over and over again. That’s one for me.
Of course, many actors (here, ten great suggestions) would give their eye teeth in the hearbeat to play Apple’s iconic co-founder who died of respiratory arrest and a pancreatic tumor October 5 at age 56 at his home. Wyle won Jobs’ sympathies after portraying him rather convincingly in the 1999 docudrama “Pirates of Silicon Valley”, based on the book “Fire in the Valley: The Making of The Personal Computer” by Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine. However, Apple’s co-founder didn’t hesitate telling the actor in his uncanny style how much he actually hated the movie. According to Wyle himself, Jobs gave him a buzz shortly after the movie premiered, he was like:
I’m just calling to tell you I thought you did a good job. I hated the movie, I hated the script, I think if you had spent a little more time and a little more money and maybe a little more attention to detail, you could have had something there. But you were good.
Apple’s chief then invited the actor to appear as his doppelganger an kickstart the 1999 Macworld keynote:
Listen, we do this thing every year called the Macworld convention. It’s in New York, at the Javits Center. There will be about 10,000 people there. And I think it would be hilarious if you came out on stage dressed as me and did the first five minutes of my keynote address. Are you interested?
Noah could only respond to the request with a resounding ‘yes’. He would later go on to amuse the attendees by kicking off the show, as seen in the below clip. Sony’s upcoming flick will be produced by Mark Gordon’s company called Management 360, which was behind both the “The Social Network” movie and the underdog baseball flick “Moneyball”. Jobs was laid to rest in Alta Mesa Memorial Park this past Friday afternoon. A company-wide memorial in celebration of Jobs’ life and achievements is planned for October 19, according to CEO Tim Cook’s email to troops. Apple’s new chief executive also issued another company-wide email thanking employees for their accomplishments, telling them to take extra paid time off this Thanksgiving week for a job well done.