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Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve Jobs’ widow, reportedly telephoned Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale to plead with them not to take the part of Steve Jobs’ in the Danny Boyle biopic.
“Laurene Jobs called Leo DiCaprio and said: ‘Don’t do it.’ [She] called Christian Bale and said: ‘Don’t.'”
The Hollywood Reporter quotes a ‘key player’ in the movie as saying, “Since the very beginning, Laurene Jobs has been trying to kill this movie.
Another source at Sony Pictures, which eventually passed on making the film, said, “She reached out; she had a strong desire not to have the movie made.”
Sony said they were going forward, but eventually the movie went to Universal over budgetary concerns.
Despite interest from both actors, Leonardo and Christian both passed on the project.
Danny Boyle replaced David Fincher as director, and Michael Fassbender is portraying Jobs instead of Leo or Christian.
The film has garnered glowing reviews from critics after premiering at the Telluride film festival last month.
Apart from the opposition from Laurene Jobs, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, called the biopic “opportunistic” and criticized it, originally attempting to block the film’s use of a famous 1984 Apple television commercial.
There seems to be a lot of drama behind the scenes of the film as The Hollywood Reporter stated that Tim later “addressed Apple employees and told them to remember ‘what [Jobs] was really like.'”
Steve Jobs opens in theaters Friday, October 9.