Steve Jobs: Which Actor Got It Right?
Because not all Jobs movies are made equal.
Since 1999’s The Pirates of Silicon Valley, starring Noah Wyle, several actors have tackled the role of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Ashton Kutcher’s portrayal in Jobs (2013) was highly anticipated, mostly because of the actor’s eerie physical resemblance. But his performance was less than critically acclaimed.
“Mr. Kutcher doesn’t have the tools that some actors use to transcend weak material, and either he didn’t receive any help or didn’t allow any real direction from Mr. Stern,” Manohla Dargis wrote in her review of the film for The New York Times.
Oh well, at least it sounds like it was all Ashton’s fault.
Beginning this week, writer Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing) and director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) will take a crack at Steve Jobs’ story in a new film starring Michael Fassbender. Though the German-Irish actor looks pretty much nothing like Jobs, his performance has been gathering Oscar buzz and even garnered praise from Steve Wozniak, Apple’s co-founder. “I saw a rough cut, and I felt like I was actually watching Steve Jobs and the others,” he told Deadline. “Not actors playing them. I give full credit to Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin for getting it so right.”
In anticipation of Fassbender’s turn as Jobs, we’ve gathered together the last four actors who’ve portrayed the tech giant. Which one do you think nailed it?