Michael Fassbender embarrassingly dismissed in Sony cyber hack: 'I don't know who he is and the rest of the world won't care'

Sony bosses will be left red-faced again today as the email leaks continue

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The first Sony email leak was mortifying enough, but hackers have embarrassed bosses again with their latest move.

Following on from the Angelina Jolie facepalm moment yesterday, cyber attackers have published another email, in which Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin criticises Michael Fassbender.

The actor was suggested for the role of Apple founder Steve Jobs in a new biopic, after Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale allegedly rejected the part.

Sorkin, who was adapting the film from Walter Isaacson’s biography,  reportedly wanted Tom Cruise to play the lead.

He was less keen on the idea of Oscar-nominated Fassbender.

“This used to be an event. I don't know who Michael Fassbender is and the rest of the world isn't going to care,’ he replied to Columbia Pictures chairman Amy Pascal and film producer Scott Rudin. “This is insane.”

But, lucky or unluckily for Fassbender, Sorkin eventually conceded.

“F*** it. He's a great actor whose time has come,” he later wrote.

“That’s where I ended up,” Pascal replied.

“Yeah, if the movie’s good, he’ll be on the cover of everything and get nominated for everything,” added Sorkin.

The film has since moved from Sony to Universal Pictures. Yesterday, a damning email exchange was published between Pascal and Rudin, as they discussed Angelina Jolie’s alleged annoyance that Sony was using David Fincher to direct the Steve Jobs biopic. They claimed that the actress wanted Fincher to drop the project and work on her film Cleopatra instead.

“I've told you exactly how I want to do this material. It's the ONLY way I want to do this material. I'm not remotely interested in presiding over a $180m ego bath that we both know will be the career-defining debacle for us both,” Rudin wrote in an email.

“I'm not destroying my career over a minimally talented spoiled brat who thought nothing of shoving this off her plate for eighteen months so she could go direct a movie. I have no desire to be making a movie with her, or anybody, that she runs and that we don't.

“She's a camp event and a celebrity and that's all and the last thing anybody needs is to make a giant bomb with her that any fool could see coming. We will end up being the laughing stock of our industry and we will deserve it, which is so clearly where this is headed that I cannot believe we are still wasting our time with it.”