Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs

As America’s foremost cantankerous wordsmith, Aaron Sorkin can get a pretty good zinger off from time to time. So when Apple CEO Tim Cook derided the upcoming Sorkin-penned biopic Steve Jobs as “opportunistic” on a recent episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Sorkin was quick to fire back.

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, the director and screenwriter launched a multi-pronged verbal assault on Cook, starting with the accusations that Steve Jobs is somehow a money-making endeavor for him and director Danny Boyle. “Nobody did this movie to get rich,” Sorkin declared, before adding—hopefully while performing a quick-paced walk toward a constantly retreating camera—that, “Tim Cook should really see the movie before he decides what it is.” Having set Cook up with a few light verbal jabs, Sorkin then went in for the killing blow, accusing Apple of exploiting child labor for its products: “Third, 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 someone else opportunistic.” Sorkin is presumably alluding to periodic reports over the years that child workers have been found in factories producing Apple products overseas.

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Anyway, it’s a pity that Burn Notice isn’t on the air anymore, because Aaron Sorkin could apparently have set them up with some pretty killer scripts.