PETER: Sure. David Fincher was working on this film for a while before you became involved. And I was wondering how do you think that the film evolved in your hands compared to what Fincher may have been planning?

DANNY: Oh my God, I can’t answer that. You can. But seriously, I love The Social Network, so when I came on board, I have no idea what happened. I have no idea what happened. It’s none of my business really. I was like they all said oh don’t watch Social Network, watch West Wing. I said no way. So I watched Social Network a lot. I mean, I loved it anyway. And it was hugely helpful to know he’d been through this process already. And looking at the decisions he made. I tried not to copy them. I tried to make my own. But I was very in huge reassurance actually that he’d been through this concept of making a film of dialogue. He wasn’t as restricted like I was in terms of locations and stuff like that, but it was basically the same premise. It was 180 pages of dialogue in two hours. And so the idea of standing in his shoes, if I thought if I can make this half as good as Social Network, I’ll be quite happy actually. It’ll be very good indeed. That’s what I felt and that’s honest. I’m not saying that for any other reason for that.

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PETER: Okay. My last question is there’s this moment in the film in the first act where Jobs is refusing to pay any more than the court requests. But then he sees his daughter’s creation on Mac Paint. And he seems to change his mind about giving the mother more money. What do you think in that moment, what makes him change his mind?

DANNY: Oh… I think he’s so complicated, because he obviously, what we’re seeing really is that and we say this and try to say this in the third act in the way. But that his child is obviously this machine. The child that he wants to promote and bring to the world is this machine. And part of his philosophy was that a child could use it. That’s the point of his whole shtick wasn’t it? About it’s intuitive, a kid could do it. Computers are not complicated, they’re not frightening things, they’re intuitive. Can we make them personal, truly part of us. Then, you get an iPhone, there’s no instruction manual. You don’t need one. That was what he dreamt of — You look it up and you go along. See you don’t keep doing that. And these are the questions, which correctly you’ve asked, which is, is she part of a machine. You know, haha, I was right. His daughter was there and really to the end and obviously we have no idea whether that happened, that scene is one of the things that is invented, because we have no evidence of it. That we suggest that printout of that moment, that epiphany moment really. And in some kind of retrospective way shows that he did love her all the time. And did care for her. And it’s only possible to act on that or express it but it was there all the time. And there’s the evidence.

PETER: Well thank you very much, Danny.

DANNY: All right, Peter, thank you.

PETER: It’s honestly my favorite film of the year so far.

DANNY: Oh cool, well I hope it stays that way.

PETER: Yeah. Thank you.

DANNY: Thanks a lot.


DANNY: Cheers, man.

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