The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards took place on Jan. 10, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Here is what this Golden Globe winner said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.
Every time somebody talks about “Steve Jobs,” they apologize for some of the criticisms of it and for how much money it made, but it is a great movie. Are you beginning to feel the fun of the awards?
First of all, thank you very much, and yes, I know exactly what you are talking about. Since not the first weekend, because the first weekend we broke box office records in limited release, same with the second weekend. That third weekend when something happened, we just don’t understand.
You’re right, the title of the movie changed to “Box Office Failure Steve Jobs” or Steven Jobs. It took some of the air out of the pride that we have been feeling in this movie, which we understood wasn’t for everybody. It wasn’t going to be “The Martian,” but we worked so hard and felt so good about it. It was an unexpected and unusual movie where the cast did a tremendous job that we just didn’t want that to be the epitaph of the movie. This [Golden Globe Award] is very, very nice.
Are you still working on the Lucille Ball film with Cate Blanchett?
I can’t tell you about “Lucy and Desi” publicly, but I can tell you it is a very exciting project. Maybe some of you saw the announcement that I am going to be directing a script that I wrote: “Molly’s Game.” I am in the middle of casting that. I can’t tell you which one will come first. So there’s that. You could perform surgery on me right now I am so stunned what’s happened.
What about “Flash Boys”?
“Flash Boys” is a very exciting project. I hope it hasn’t been invalidated by another Michael Lewis book that was put into a movie because “Flash Boys” is an amazing story, and I would love to see that be a movie. Whether I write it or not, I’d love to see that be a movie.
Have you had any contact with [Apple CEO] Tim Cook and Steve Jobs’ widow in the weeks “Steve Jobs” was released?
No, the contact I have had are with the people in Steve Jobs’ life who were very happy with the movie: Joanna Hoffman, Steve Wozniak, Andy Hertzfeld, Andrea Cunningham, John Sculley, including a very touching email from Joanna Hoffman that I will never forget. I should have brought it with me where she said that she has never known power and money to ever defeat artistic expression. She and I both knew what she was talking about. So I have had a lot of contact with those people as well as a couple of dozen others, people in Steve’s life who had worked on the movie with me.
I don’t feel at war at all with Laurene Jobs and Tim Cook, who I have never met, or Walt Mossberg. I understand that there are people who knew Steve who expressed some unhappiness with the movie. That’s not unexpected, but I am happy that there are a lot of people who knew Steve very well and knew Steve very well particularly during the time that this movie takes place, 1984 to 1988, who felt that … I will tell you my favorite reaction to the movie, it came from Andy Hertzfeld. We screened it for him, and he came out of the screening room and said “This is unbelievable. None of that happened, but it is all true.”
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