Did Steve Jobs’ Widow Convince Leonardo DiCaprio & Christian Bale Not To Star In The Upcoming Biopic?

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Well, this is inneresting!

Steve Jobs — the bio-pic about the late Apple founder — opens Friday and is already receiving some pretty favorable early reviews.

But this film almost didn’t happen thanks in part to Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve Jobs‘ widow.

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A source involved in making the film revealed that Laurene had been “trying to kill this movie” for quite some time, even going as far as contacting Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale — who were both in talks for the role.

The source revealed:

“Laurene Jobs called Leo DiCaprio and said, ‘Don’t do it.’ Laurene Jobs called Christian Bale and said, ‘Don’t [do it].”

Another source even said that she attempted to lobby the studios to try and make sure the project never took off!

Michael Fassbender was eventually cast, but apparently that didn’t come easy either!

The Sony hack caused a lot of the problems for the film including revealing that producer Mark Gordon and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin questioned his casting Fassbender in emails. Knowing that the X-Men: Days Of Future Past actor had probably seen Sorkin’s notes, he wrote the actor a letter stating:

“Dear Michael: I fear that you’ve had to read that I didn’t want you to play this part. Please understand, when I wrote that email, I was not yet familiar with your work, but having watched the movies, I need no more convincing you are going to be fantastic in this part. Please know that you have 100 percent of my confidence and I’m here for anything you need.”

Obviously Fassbender took the role and looks to be a fantastic fit — despite admitting Bale would have been “perfect” for the part!

Would YOU have preferred Christian or Leo take the part?!

[Image via Derrick Salters/Clemens Niehaus/Future Image/WENN/Universal Pictures.]

Oct 8, 2015 11:33am PDT

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