"A creative genius, a pioneer, one of the great figures in, certainly American, maybe world history," Jeff Daniels says of the late Steve Jobs

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated October 22, 2015 10:00 AM
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Steve Jobs, the new film from director Danny Boyle, doesn’t hesitate to explore all sides of the late Apple mastermind. The cast insists, however, that even at his worst Jobs was a “visionary” who pushed everyone around him to strive for greatness.

The film’s stars shared their personal take on Jobs’ legacy in a special roundtable segment hosted by film critic Elvis Mitchell.

“A creative genius, a pioneer, one of the great figures in certainly American, maybe world history,” said Jeff Daniels, who portrays John Sculley, the former CEO of Apple, in the film. “Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Steve Jobs, he’s in that sentence. He was constantly in love with that next idea and that next thing.”

Michael Fassbender, who plays Jobs himself, added that he feels “a lot of love” for the tech genius.

“I think he was full of contradictions, I think he was an amazing negotiator, I think he had a very sharp eye for talent, I think it’s the visionary that stands out first and foremost for me,” he explained.

Jobs died in 2011 at 56 after a seven-year fight with pancreatic cancer. The film specifically covers three of his most iconic product launches: the first Macintosh in 1984, his new computer model with NeXT Inc. in 1988 and the iMac in 1998.

“I feel it’s crucial that we make stories, films, documentaries, any kind of expression of these people because these people changed our world,” Boyle said.

While Winslet noted that Jobs “shaped the way we live today” – despite his sometime “dogged” methods – it was Seth Rogen (who filled Steve Wozniak’s shoes) who perhaps best summed up the innovator’s genius.

“I never really viewed him as a creative entity before working on the movie, and that to me was actually probably the biggest revelation – that he really was an artist in a lot of ways,” the actor said. “The fact that he was able to put his own personality and his own shortcomings and wonderful attributes into this technology in the same way a writer, an actor, is able to funnel themselves into their work – he was able to do that with products.

“It was a true marriage of function and art,” he concluded.