“Steve Jobs” director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin revealed why they decided to dramatize three scenes from the Apple co-founder’s life instead of creating a traditional biopic during a screening of the film at Variety and AARP’s Movies for Grownups Screening Series.

“My job was I was going to have to make the actors king,” Boyle said. “This stuff is amazing, but if they don’t own it like they’ve written it, it won’t work. If they’re just mouthpieces for Aaron, it won’t really work.”

Unlike his other films, Boyle said this one was verbally visceral instead of visually visceral.

“It felt like it was like an action movie with words,” he said.