George Clooney Battles Noah Wyle for Steve Jobs Role

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In an epic battle of ER-scope, George Clooney and Noah Wyle are reportedly both fighting to get the role of Steve Jobs in a biopic about the tech icon loosely scheduled to begin shooting in 2012. Now magazine reported that both actors are interested in the role, though the magazine didn’t specify its sources.

George Clooney

George Clooney
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The L.A. Times reported in October that Sony Pictures was working on the film, and that veteran Aaron Sorkin, who most recently wrote The Social Network and cowrote Moneyball, had been tapped to write it. At the time of that report, there was no indication as to who might play whom.

In addition to its sources, another thing Now omits is that one of those actors, Noah Wyle, has already played Steve Jobs on both the screen and stage. Sort of. After his portrayal of Mr. Jobs in the Pirates of Silicon Valley, the actor appeared alongside the real Mr. Jobs on stage at the 1999 Macworld Keynote, which you can see below.

Noah Wyle and Steve Jobs at 1999 Macworld Keynote

The video below is a scene from Pirates where Steve Jobs accuses Bill Gates and Microsoft of ripping off the Mac with their new…what do you call it, Windows?

Scene from Pirates of Silicon Valley

As for George Clooney, he’s played Batman, a hapless local (on a quest), a jaded intelligence operative, a rascally thief (in love), a would-be psychic killer, an opportunistic Army officer (with a heart), and, of course a doctor, a doctor, and even a doctor.

Who will win this epic battle remains to be seen.

Comments

b0wz3r

Wylie; hands down.  He just looks more like Jobs.

How anyone could consider Cloney to be a good choice is beyond me.

But hey, I rarely go to the movies anymore, since 99% of what’s put out these days is C R A P anyway.

Lee Dronick

I enjoy George’s talented acting, but he is not the right one to portray Steve Jobs. Noah would be a much better choice.

aardman

Clooney will get it because he’s a much bigger box office draw.  But it would be the wrong choice because he really doesn’t totally disappear into the characters he play.  You can’t pick that type of an actor to play someone who’s public personality is already so familiar to a lot of people.

skipaq

Finished reading the book this past week (it was a gift from my son.) It will be a movie I will skip no matter who is chosen. So, meh! Another movie with drugs, sex and vulgarity is hardly new. Watching a grown man scream, cry and abuse people to get his way isn’t worth my time. Maybe they could focus on eating disorders.

Lee Dronick

Clooney will get it because he?s a much bigger box office draw.

Correct, but totally unnecessary in this case when you consider the popularity of the of the book. He could do the narration, but I also feel that he would be a good choice as Paul Jobs. Speaking of Pauls, how about Paul Giamatti as Woz?

Lancashire-Witch

@ skipaq.  I recently didn’t finish reading the book.  I found it hard to reconcile the man, who isn’t portrayed as the kinda guy I’d want around me, with the Apple products which are the kind of products I do want around me.  It’s now obvious that Apple Keynotes were pure (“we’re very excited”) theatre. Also, I can’t shake the nagging thought that I’ve been ripped off over the years so I’m now feeling a little reluctant to put any more of my money Apple’s way - and that includes paying to watch a movie of the book. The reality distortion field is broken.

mhikl

Three reasons for Wyle

1. Last name pronounced why-lee as in coyote. Appropriate.
2. First Name: Noah, also appropriate- Rebirth theme via an ark.
3. Sense of twisted humour: Wyle quote “I’m thinking about naming my first son Emmy so I can say I’ve got one. I want Emmy, Oscar and Tony - and my daughter Grammy.? Daughter would eventually get used to it.

George is too chunky and boring.

Lee Dronick

I recently didn?t finish reading the book.? I found it hard to reconcile the man, who isn?t portrayed as the kinda guy I?d want around me, with the Apple products which are the kind of products I do want around me.? It?s now obvious that Apple Keynotes were pure (?we?re very excited?) theatre. Also, I can?t shake the nagging thought that I?ve been ripped off over the years so I?m now feeling a little reluctant to put any more of my money Apple?s way - and that includes paying to watch a movie of the book. The reality distortion field is broken.

The more history I read the more I find that my heroes, or people I respect, have skeletons in their closet.

Did Steve change in his later years, was he a recovering jerk atoning for his past jerkiness. I don’t know as I have never met him, but facing death can do that to to you.

As to George Clooney, he might be good actor to play Scully.

Dean Lewis

I found it hard to reconcile the man, who isn?t portrayed as the kinda guy I?d want around me, with the Apple products which are the kind of products I do want around me.  It?s now obvious that Apple Keynotes were pure (?we?re very excited?) theatre.

I dont have a problem with it. In fact, I believe it was because he was focused on his projects and businesses that make his personal dealings and life so bad. He was brilliant when it came to bringing together tech and tech people to create amazing things, and it took every bit of his good energy to do that… the rest, well, he didn’t really care about it, and that shows.

Carl Sagan was the same way. Brilliant astronomer and teacher. He created an amazing PBS series that brought science to the masses in ways never done before. He wrote amazing books. But, interpersonally, an ass.

Does it have to be that way? Maybe not, but in the case of these two at least, it’s the way it was.

furbies

Trivia

The Power Mac 7100 code name was “Sagan”, until Carl complained so the engineers changed it to “BHA” for Butt Headed Astronomer.
That got Sagan’s knickers in a twist, so he sued. And lost

The moral of the story:

“Even great minds can be “Butt Heads” at times…”

Lee Dronick

The Power Mac 7100 code name was ?Sagan?, until Carl complained so the engineers changed it to ?BHA? for Butt Headed Astronomer.
That got Sagan?s knickers in a twist, so he sued. And lost


I think that the “Sosume” alert sound name also came out of that incident.

furbies

For Sosume

skipaq

I found some things that admirable about Steve’s character. However, if what is in this book is true (it is authorized by him) then there are real issues that he brushes off as “that’s just who I am.”

The encouragement to use illegal drugs is among the things he never seemed to have a change of heart on. And people who get a kick out of harassing and belittling other people shouldn’t be allowed to just blow off such an awful character flaw. You can fire people without crushing them. I am surprised that he or Apple were never sued for harassment - even sexual harassment.

People all around him were trying to keep him under control. You’d think he would have tried to do that himself and that they would have insisted he do it. There is no sugar coating this abuse of power. There were other narcissistic character issues besides these two. This book is one sad legacy to leave. I’ll skip the movie.

Lee Dronick

Thanks Furbies

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