Roxy Sorkin, your father just won the Academy Award. I'm going to have to insist on some respect from your guinea pig.
Aaron Benjamin Sorkin (born 1961) is an American screenwriter, producer and playwright. He's the man behind Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
, Sports Night
, The Newsroom
and The West Wing
. His scripts have many distinctive traits, including a dialogue style known for timing and finesse that has garnered the moniker "Sorkinese". His shows are also notorious for characters walking down hallways
at high speed.
Also has a habit of projecting his personal life
into his shows — duly lampooned on Saturday Night Live
(a sketch in which The West Wing
's characters reenact Sorkin's marijuana hallucinations
Sorkin also wrote several plays, such as A Few Good Men
and screenplays such as the film adaptation of A Few Good Men
, The American President
, Charlie Wilson's War
, The Social Network
, for which he won an Oscar
for Best Adapted Screenplay, and Moneyball
He has several projects upcoming, including a Steve Jobs biopic and a film based on the scandals of the John Edwards presidential campaign. The HBO
TV series The Newsroom
, starring Jeff Daniels premiered in 2012 and will return for its third and final season in November 2014.
He had a well known on/off relationship with Kristin Chenoweth
for several years.
Tropes associated with Aaron Sorkin
- As Himself: In Entourage and 30 Rock.
- Author Avatar: A tool for Writer on Board.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: Dana in Sports Night and Harriet in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
- Character Filibuster/Motor Mouth: Some of his characters have more poetry memorized than anyone in the world (besides English majors) and love quoting it.
- Deadpan Snarker: His works are set in a World of Snark where rapid-fire Snark-to-Snark Combat is the name of the game.
- Dear Negative Reader
- Expy: He loves to iterate his characters from one work to another.
- Fox News Liberal
- Rousseau Was Right: God bless him, he just doesn't seem to get what utter filth most people really are.
- Self-Deprecation: In his appearance on 30 Rock which, given his famously thin-skinned reputation, is nothing short of astonishing.
- Signature Style: Machine gun fast dialogue. Comedic repetition. Casual ShoutOuts by the metric ton. Tall, smart, sexy, sassy women who give as good as they get. Characters who veer oh-so-close to cynicism, only to come back to hope and idealism. Extremely liberal world view (at least by US standards). He includes common criticisms of his writing style in his short play Hidden in this Picture; a film director tells his Sorkin-proxy screenwriter the following
"I think your work has a tendency to be long-winded and cynical, I think you have trouble handling exposition, you take forever to introduce the inciting action, and all your female characters talk and act as if they've just stepped off The Love Boat
- Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: An Idealist through and through and goddamn proud of it.
- Speech-Centric Work
- Strawman Political: Any and all conservative characters will be so bad at arguing their points it's a wonder they can tie their shoes. Unless they're an MSNBC Conservative who joins in taking shots at the more "extreme" ones....
- Take That: Has been notorious for including references to people he didn't like in his works. Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip was when it reached its peak as almost every episode contained a cheap shot at someone Sorkin had dealt with. He has since improved a lot though.
- Or the more egregious example of him devoting an entire subplot of The West Wing to insulting an Internet forum critical of the show.
- Writer on Board