Aaron Sorkin Explains the Writing Process Behind 'Steve Jobs' | Hollywood Reporter

AARON SORKIN: (1961 – )                                    

[The man who wrote some of the best screenplays in movie and television history – A Few Good Men, The American President, Charlie Wilson’s War, The West Wing – to name but a few, survived a most destructive cocaine addiction that almost finished him. He spoke about it in a commencement address at Syracuse University in 2012]: ‘I’ve made some bad decisions. I lost a decade of my life to cocaine addiction. You know how I got addicted to cocaine? I tried it. The problem with drugs is that they work – right up until the moment they decimate your life. Try cocaine, and you’ll become addicted to it. Become addicted to cocaine, and you will either be dead, or you will wish you were dead, but it will only be one or the other. My big fear was that I wasn’t going to be able to write without it. There was no way I was going to be able to write without it. Last month I celebrated my eleven-year anniversary of not using coke. In that eleven years, I’ve written three television series, three movies, a Broadway play, won the Academy Award, and taught my daughter all the lyrics to ‘Pirates of Penzance’. I have good friends.’

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DEAN MARTIN: (1917-95)            

‘I can’t stand an actor or actress who tells me acting is hard work. It’s easy work. Anyone who says it isn’t never had to stand on his feet all day dealing blackjack.’

[To those who complained that he joked his way through songs during concert and nightclub appearances, Dino’s response was typical]: ‘You wanna hear it straight, buy the album.’

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BILL DANA: (1924-2017)                                 

[Watchers of The Ed Sullivan Show (1962-79) will recall Bill portraying Jose Jiminez on several shows. He met Ginger Rogers when he wrote a performance for her on The New Steve Allen Show in 1961]: ‘She was one of the cheapest people I ever met in my life. I had written her a performance hunk and she was going to appear in Las Vegas and these other places and she asked me to help her. When it came time for payment she gave me ‘Soap-On-A-Rope.’

[On President Richard Nixon]: ‘I hated everything he stood for, but I got on his enemies list and it destroyed me. It was terrible. I was on his IRS enemies list. They crucified me. I was sick in bed and they were crawling all over my house with tape measures, looking to see how much of the house I had written off for an office. He is a devil to me. I just despise the thought of Richard Nixon and anyone who had anything to do with him.’

[On his friend Don Adams, star of TV’s Get Smart]: ‘The only thing he enjoyed was going to the track. He didn’t enjoy anything else. Let’s see. He liked working with me [on The Bill Dana Show] as Byron Glick the hotel detective, because he didn’t have any responsibility other than to be there.’

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EVA MENDES: (1974 – )                 

‘I wanted to be a nun when I was very little. Well, that was until my sister told me that they don’t get paid. Then I went off that idea quickly. I wanted to go into art history. Acting fell into my lap when a neighbour took pictures of me and showed them to an agent.’

‘The celebrity world can be so ugly. Everyone seems to have slept with everyone else and it’s some sort of strange weird cycle. I don’t want to get into that.’

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DIANE LANE: (1965 – )                  

[On her Academy Award nomination for Unfaithful (2002), (her father Burt Lane, who managed her early career, passed away in February 2002)]: ‘The only phone call I really yearn to make is one I can’t, which is to say, ‘Guess what, Dad?’.

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DYAN CANNON: (1937 – )              

[On working with director Otto Preminger when making Such Good Friends (1971)]: ‘I was warned about him – but could anyone be that bad? Yeah, they could. Elaine May wrote a great screenplay. He took a piece of beauty and screwed it up. It was an incredible part and he destroyed it. I have been the victim of some killers in my time. He’s one of the biggest. He’s a horrible man. Phew! But who hears of him anymore? Is he still alive?’

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[Dyan’s commitment to Christianity led to her holding twice-monthly revival-style Bible-study meetings on the CBS studio lot]: ‘I get asked, from time to time, ‘How do you stay so fit, even after all these years? It must be tai-chi or something, because you look like a cheerleader!’ Actually, more than anything else, it’s praying to God…not that I don’t enjoy being mistaken for my daughter’s sister!’

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NICK NOLTE: (1941 – )                  

[In 2011, he talked about turning 70]: ‘When you start thinking about death more than sex, you know you’re getting old. At 70, you crest that hill. In the sixties, you’re still thinking you could do something about this slow disintegration of the body. As Katharine Hepburn used to say to me: ‘Aging, Nick, is boring.’ Now I know what she means.’

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DOROTHY GISH: (1898-1968)                  

[Her reason for turning down a million dollar offer from Paramount Pictures in 1919 was both refreshing and unique for a Hollywood star]: ‘At my age all that money would ruin my character.’

LILLIAN GISH: (1893-1993)                      

[Lionel Barrymore first played my grandfather, later my father, and finally, he played my husband. If he’d lived, I’m sure I would have played his mother. That’s the way it is in Hollywood. The men get younger and the women get older.’

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CYNDI LAUPER: (1953 – )                         

[Cyndi’s requirements for her video ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’]: ‘It was very important to me that every girl was represented – Hispanic girls, African-American girls. I told Edd [Griles – the video director] that we had to have multiracial people too. At that time, everybody who was in videos was either all white or all black. I figured, ‘You know what? Here’s what I see missing. Let’s go for it.’ There still wasn’t as much integration as there should have been, but I feel like a lot of little girls who saw the video saw themselves, and that was the most important thing.’

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