Steve Wozniak, Apple Co-Founder, Calls Steve Jobs Biopic, Starring Ashton Kutcher, 'Totally Wrong'
While the Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS, is generating positive buzz following its Sundance premiere, not everyone is a fan, most notably Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, 62, who was quoted as saying the film is “totally wrong.”
Wozniak admitted he saw a clip of the movie online, and not the full length feature film. It should also be noted that he is currently working on a Steve Jobs biopic of his own with Aaron Sorkin, 51. "Not close… we never had such interaction and roles… I'm not even sure what it's getting at… personalities are very wrong although mine is closer," Wozniak wrote in a comment to tech site Gizmodo.
Wozniak believes the scene in which Jobs, played by Ashton Kutcher, 34, convinces Wozniak, played by Josh Gad, 31, of the importance of the computer is backwards. "Totally wrong," Woz explained further in an email to the site. "Personalities and where the ideas of computers affecting society did not come from Jobs. They inspired me and were widely spoken at the Homebrew Computer Club [of which he was a member]. Steve came back from Oregon and came to a club meeting and didn't start talking about this great social impact. He goes on to say that it was Jobs’ idea to “make a $20 PC board and sell it for $40 to help people at the club build the computer I'd given away," Wozniak recalled. "The lofty talk came much further down the line."
Wozniak also took issue with Gad’s portrayal of him. “I never looked like a professional. We were both kids. Our relationship was so different than what was portrayed. I'm embarrassed but if the movie is fun and entertaining, all the better," he said. Gad responded to Wozniak’s comments saying he was “surprised and bummed that he [Wozniak] responded to a single clip, because I think there's much more to discover in the film's totality and we really set out to honor his story,” according to Entertainment Weekly.
Moviegoers will be able to make their own decisions about the film when it hits theaters April 19, 2013.
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