Danny Boyle's "Steve Jobs" (2015) starring Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen and Kate Winslet: Movie Trailer Review

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Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen in Steve Jobs, Directed by Danny Boyle
Michael Fassbender (left) as Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak 
The official trailer for Danny Boyle's highly anticipated upcoming film Steve Jobs (2015), starring Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen and Kate Winslet, has just been released. While Fassbender is playing the titular role, the parts of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Macintosh marketing head are being played by Rogen and Winslet, respectively. The movie is based on Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs and is adapted for the screen by the renowned American screenwriter and playwright Aaron Sorkin. Steve Jobs is scheduled to release on October 9, 2015.

The first question that comes to one mind after watching the trailer is how important is it for an actor essaying a famous personality in a biopic to actually resemble that personality? Come of think of it, it is something that just cannot be taken for-granted. In fact, it's paramount that the actor should closely resemble (with the help of makeup or without it) the personality. The more striking the resemblance the better it is as it adds to the movie's conviction. Apparently, Danny Boyle doesn't seem to agree. At least, that's what appears from the trailer of Steve Jobs wherein the eponymous role is played by Michael Fassbender who doesn't look anything like the maverick Apple co-founder. 

However, it would be unfair to blame Fassbender for not resembling Jobs. After all, an actor cannot be expected to control how he is going to look like in a motion picture. At least for now it can be said that the casting choice for the movie doesn't appear to be very convincing. Fortunately, it doesn't seem to have affected Fassbender's acting. He certainly seems committed to the task of essaying someone he doesn't resemble by any stretch of imagination. So full marks to him for trying his best. It remains to be seen how he manages to capture various aspects of Jobs' charismatic personality. 

One can only hope that Danny Boyle once again weaves his magic (some portions of the trailer looks quite promising) so that we finally have a Steve Jobs film that we truly deserve.

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Steve Jobs (2015) Official Trailer

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  1. as long as the performance and the entire movie is good, i don't think weather it matters for the lead actor to look like the person he is portraying. Mohan lal, who played MGR in Mani Ratnam's Iruvar, didn't quite look like him. Yes he had a clean shaven look and curled his hair, but if shown in a different context, no one would say he looked like MGR. But his performance and the quality of the movie negated all dissimilarities.

  2. Indeed, there are some great moments in there!

  3. I understand that... my only concern is that the image of Steve Jobs is still very fresh in our minds and so it can be a bit of a challenge to accept someone in the role who doesn't even bear an iota of resemblance to him!

  4. This trailer actually left me feeling ambivalent. I loved the energy, drama and technical aspects of the trailer. However, I don't understand why we can't find Hollywood actors who can do justice to Jobs' charisma. Simply put, Fassbender doesn't resemble Steve Jobs either in terms of looks or his charisma. Also, if a film on Steve Jobs doesn't include the iPod or iPhone story, then you definitely need a part 2 or part3. Even Steve Wozniak in the film doesn't remotely look like Steve Wozniak. For lovers of technology like me in whose mind, Jobs and Wozniak are etched so clearly, these are definite impediments. Despite all of these, if the film is high on energy and content, it may still work.


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