If anyone in this world has made a name for himself by crafting artisanal arguments, it’s Aaron Sorkin. So of course, the dialogue master behind films like The Social Network and the upcoming Steve Jobs had something to say when Apple CEO Tim Cook appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and called the biopic “opportunistic.”
Speaking at a press junket for the new Danny Boyle-directed film, Sorkin came out swinging, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “Nobody did this movie to get rich,” Sorkin said. “Secondly, Tim Cook should really see the movie before he decides what it is.”
Not exactly a scorching response, but the real Sorkin magic was still to come.
“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.”
Apple did not respond to a request for comment.
Of course, Cook wasn’t only referring to the Jobs movie that Sorkin penned in the interview with Colbert. Steve Jobs is the third recent look at the Apple co-founder’s life after Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher and Alex Gibney’s searing doc, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine.