Feeds

Clooney fingered for Steve Jobs role in Hollywood biopic

Former ER partners battle for sacred turtleneck

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney has been named as a lead contender for the role of Steve Jobs in the inevitable cash-in movie, planned to start filming next year.

Although Jobs is barely cool inside his tastefully-designed final resting place, the race is on to find someone to sum up the hippy-turned-ruthless-tycoon. Clooney, who is currently recovering from back surgery from injuries sustained while filming Syriana, has been named by unnamed industry insiders as being in line for the role, as has former fellow ER costar Noah Wyle.

Wyle does have the advantage of having played Steve Jobs before, in the 1999 cult classic “Pirates of Silicon Valley”. According to an interview with Wyle in Fortune magazine, Jobs was less than impressed with the film as a whole, but was sufficiently inspired to invite Wyle to that year’s Macworld Expo and pretend to be him during the opening keynote.

Jobs then took Wyle out to dinner. “He took his napkin and started sketching out the schematics and he passed the napkin around the table,” he recounts. “The check soon came and we started to get up the leave – and the napkin just sat there on the table. I thought to myself, ‘I got to take that napkin’ and my hand was on it, but Steve called from the door and asked, ‘Noah, you want to share a cab with me?’ So I put the napkin down. I could have had an Edison original.”

Clooney may be a bit long in the tooth for the role – though he was born six years after Jobs – and indeed may not want it. Films such as The Social Network may do okay in the box office, but the days when Clooney would slip into a Batman suit for money are long gone. And although Wyle hasn’t exactly been a notable success since ER, he’s certainly closer in form to Jobs. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Are you a fat boy? Get to university NOW, you PENNILESS SLACKER
Rotund types paid nearly 20% less than people who didn't eat all the pies
Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT
... said an anon coward who we really wish hadn't posted on our website
Japan develops robot CHEERLEADERS which RIDE on BALLS
'Will put smiles on faces worldwide', predicts corporate PR chief
Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city
Belgian booze pumped from underground
Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights
Don't doodle, it might cost you your flight
Amazon: Wish in one hand, Twit in the other – see which one fills first
#AmazonWishList A year's supply of Arran scotch, ta
Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team
Can you imagine the scene? 'Hey guys, it's your new owner – WTF is that on your desk?'
Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us
Aye, shipmate, it be just like that Minority Report
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.