It’s time for Aaron Sorkin to pen an apology note! The Oscar-winning writer and producer, 53, known for being the voice behind hit shows and films like The West Wing, The Newsroom, and 2010’s The Social Network, became yet another victim of the massive company-wide Sony hack when emails between him and SPE co-chairman Amy Pascal surfaced.
At the time, Sorkin was looking for someone to star in his upcoming Steve Jobs biopic when Pascal floated the name of Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender into the conversation.
“I don’t know who Michael Fassbender is and the rest of the world isn’t going to care,” the acclaimed screenwriter wrote of the actor, 37, (via the Daily Mail). Since the email was sent, the X-Men star was named a top contender for the role by Deadline in November, despite not having officially signed on yet. The part of the late Apple CEO has been debated for months with Christian Bale also suggested to play Jobs.
Fassbender earned an Academy Award nomination for his role as the ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps in 2013’s 12 Years a Slave. He has also had the leading role of Magneto in the last two X-Men films. He had a noteworthy part as Lt. Archie Hicox in 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, and was critically praised for his role as sex addict Brandon in 2011’s Shame (also directed by 12 Years director Steve McQueen).
In fact, it was his racy portrayal that seemingly impressed producer Michael De Luca, another victim of the Sony hack. In a separately leaked email, the Captain Phillips producer allegedly wrote, “He just makes you feel bad to have normal-sized genitalia.” Fassbender went full-frontal nude in Shame.
The highly publicized Sony hack has released information on the salaries of the company’s top executives, Social Security numbers of the over 47,000 employees, and the private emails of stars and officials alike.
A group that calls themselves the Guardians of Peace leaked the documents to journalists on Dec. 5.