Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin apologized to Apple CEO Tim Cook after the pair sparred over Steve Jobs' eponymous biopic.
"I hope when he sees the movie he enjoys it as much as I enjoy his products," he said.
Sorkin's concession came after Cook, invited to the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on Sept. 15, spoke warmly about his former boss.
"He was a joy to work with and I love him dearly," he said. "I miss him every day."
Admitting that he hasn’t yet watched "Steve Jobs," Cook also took what seemed like a shot at its filmmakers.
"I think that a lot of people [are] trying to be opportunistic and I hate this," he said. "It’s not a great part of our world."
Cook's comments didn’t go over well with Sorkin.
"Nobody did this movie to get rich," he fired back. "Tim Cook should really see the movie before he decides what it is."
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sorkin continued with the zingers, saying: "If you’ve got a factory full of children in China assembling phones for 17 cents an hour, you’ve got a lot of nerve calling some else opportunistic."
The screenwriter has since acknowledged that both he and Cook went "too far." Apple declined to provide a response to Sorkin’s comments.
"Steve Jobs," which is a little over three weeks away from its nationwide release, is based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography and was directed by Danny Boyle of "Slumdog Millionaire" fame. Filmed in the garage of Jobs’ childhood home and other Bay Area locations, it stars Michael Fassbender as the late Apple co-founder and Seth Rogan as Steve Wozniak.
Three product launches – including the NeXT computer, original Mac and iPod — serve as linchpins for "Steve Jobs" and help portray a man who, in some respects, is now larger than life, according to the Internet Movie Database.
Universal Pictures plans to release "Steve Jobs" only in New York and Los Angeles on Oct. 9. It will hit cinemas across the country on Oct. 23.