Aaron Sorkin Blasts Michael Fassbender in Leaked Emails: “I Don’t Know Who He Is”

An email exchange between The Social Network screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, producer Scott Rudin and Columbia Pictures chairman Amy Pascal is the next piece of confidential data to be leaked from the historic Sony Pictures hack.

The first leaked email thread, in which Rudin branded Angelina Jolie a “minimally talented spoiled brat,” was embarrassing enough for Sony, but this next exchange sees Michael Fassbender being humiliated by one of Hollywood’s most famous writers.

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The emails between Sorkin, Rudin and Pascal were sent as a result of a suggestion that Michael Fassbender should play the role of Steve Jobs in the ill-fated Sony biopic of the late Apple CEO. Sorkin reportedly wanted Tom Cruise to take the helm of the project, and initially disapproved of suggestions that Fassbender should play Jobs. “This used to be an event,” Sorkin wrote. “I don’t know who Michael Fassbender is and the rest of the world isn’t going to care.”

The Steve Jobs biopic was eventually sold to Universal after the release of Jobs, which starred Ashton Kutcher in the titular role and was poorly received both critically and commercially. It is believed that this film has made it difficult to warrant the release of another Steve Jobs biopic, with the planned movie now languishing in pre-production hell.

Despite being initially skeptical of Fassbender’s involvement with the movie, Sorkin was later convinced of his talents, writing: “F*** it. He’s a great actor whose time has come.” 

Sony is still attempting to recover from the hack, which saw hacking group Guardians of Peace allegedly stealing 100TB of data from the company’s Sony Pictures department.

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