I’ll be honest: I only associate Dermot Mulroney with his very funny, very bizarre cameo in Burn After Reading — probably because it was, at the time, all I had actually seen him in — a mental pairing that made his (altogether good) work in The Grey a bit hard to appreciate. My point being? Maybe there isn’t a larger point, actually. Other than “I really like talking about Burn After Reading.”
Sadly, though, we’re not hear to discuss one of the Coen brothers‘ finer comedies; the point of discussion is the Steve Jobs biopic, Jobs, which Mulroney has just made himself a member of. Deadline reports that, for director Joshua Michael Stern, he’ll appear as Mike Markkula, an early investor in Apple who “believes in the vision Jobs displays, but is torn between the wunderkind and the board.” (Spoiler: He went with the board.) Much like Matthew Modine‘s role — John Sculley, who carried out Jobs’ actual firing in 1983 — it’s bound to be a major part of Jobs‘ emotional arc, so be moderately glad they found a fine actor to take it up. Which doesn’t mean I won’t be saying “a very special moment with Dermot Mulroney” in my head during most of his screentime — but at least everyone else can contain themselves.
(The story also mentions, quite briefly, that Lukas Haas will be playing Daniel Kottke, one of Apple’s first employees and a major developer of the Apple I-III computers. Satisfying news.)
Now, for some visual displays of the Jobs cast. A deluge of sites have found photos from the set, managing to grab shots of Ashton Kutcher (Jobs), Josh Gad (Steve Wozniak), Ahna O’Reilly (his neglected lover, Chris-Ann Brennan), Haas, Mulroney, Ron Eldard riding a bike, and an unidentified actor playing Bill Gates. It all looks very low-rent and TV-like, and I don’t think that’s what they were aiming for.
Does the addition of Mulroney bode well for Jobs? How about those set pictures?
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