Danny Boyle Q&A: ‘Steve Jobs’ director

"The speed of thought of this man and the people around him was extraordinary," proclaims "Steve Jobs" director Danny Boyle about his eponymous biopic of the Apple co-founder. "It was partly their brilliance but also his drive, pushing the future and trying to get at the future. He was not a perfect guy by any means, so it's a complex portrait as well."

During our recent interview he elaborates on his experience making the movie: "It's like a ride that you get on, and you emerge at the end of it to feel like you've been in the presence of a planet. The gravitational pull and these other characters are trapped almost in a way rotating around him."

The film, written by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network"), has three acts set behind the scenes at key Apple product launches.

Michael Fassbender plays the title role with key figures in his life, portrayed by Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels, appearing at each event to support and/or chastise Jobs.

Regarding his casting of Fassbender, Boyle explains, "If you look at his choices of work, it's very uncompromising in the way that he goes about his work. He makes quite difficult choices and he pursues them relentlessly. I remember thinking that's very Jobsian. He's just like him and really is his own man. He's not chasing easy credibility or easy laughs. He has this vision that is not quite manic, but it's intense."

Boyle won an Oscar for helming Best Picture champ "Slumdog Millionaire" (2008). He was also nominated for producing and writing "127 Hours" (2010). Other films in his career have included "Shallow Grave," "Trainspotting," "A Life Less Ordinary," "Millions," and "Trance."

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