For most people, a phone call from Steve Jobs would only elicit one word: "YES!"
Confirming what we already suspected, Aaron Sorkin is not most people. The Oscar-winning "Social Network" writer told Newsweek that he may be one of the few people to ever turn down the late Apple CEO.
Jobs befriended the director after reading an interview in which Sorkin disclosed that the numerous scripts he'd penned had all been written on Macs. In traditional Jobs style, he thanked Sorkin for his mention of Apple products and the two struck up a casual friendship that consisted of a few phone calls back and forth each year.
What was less characteristic was what happened next.
Jobs, the brilliant innovator so rich he could build houses made of money just to burn them to the ground had found something he wanted that he couldn't get himself: a Sorkin script for Pixar.
Following the cancellation of Sorkin's "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," Jobs called to offer his condolences and to ask Sorkin to write a movie for Pixar. Sorkin told Jobs he wasn't sure he could produce a script worthy of the legendary animation studio, despite Jobs' confidence in his abilities.
S0 Steve Jobs, like the kind and generous man so many people knew him to be, didn't huff and puff over Sorkin's rejection. In the last phone call he ever placed to Sorkin, Jobs reminded the world he was a good sport and invited him to come see the studio anyway.