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'Steve Jobs filmmakers opportunistic? Apple, you've got a factory of children making phones'

Mr Cook to the burns unit, please

By Iain Thomson, 26 Sep 2015

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has issued a verbal blast to Apple CEO Tim Cook over his criticism of the forthcoming film biopic of dead Steve Jobs.

Earlier this month, Cook was interviewed by Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, and discussed the succession of films (and even an opera) that have been made about Jobs in the wake of his death. Cook declared that he hadn't taken the time to watch any of them, and that he disapproved of them being made.

"I think that a lot of people are trying to be opportunistic, and I hate this; it's not a great part of our world," he told Colbert.

Cook's comments were raised on Friday at a press conference to promote the forthcoming film Steve Jobs, in which Michael Fassbender portrays the late Apple cofounder in the early years of the company's history. The film was written by Sorkin and, when asked about Cook's comments, the writer didn't hold back.

"Nobody did this movie to get rich," Sorkin said, The Hollywood Reporter recounts.

"Secondly, Tim Cook should really see the movie before he decides what it is. Third, if you've got a factory full of children in China assembling phones for 17 cents an hour, you've got a lot of nerve calling someone else opportunistic."

If Cook wants to make up his mind about the film's veracity, he can go and see it on or after its October 9 release date.

We've previously covered child labor and working conditions within China's iPhone plants, and what Apple is doing about them, here, here, here, and here. ®

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