Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak calls out Steve Jobs biopic, says the “personalities” shown were wrong.
jOBS, the Steve Job biopic has seen a lot of chatter around it these past few months, especially after Ashton Kutcher was hired to play the iconic industry leader. Kutcher does seem to look the part, as seen here, but can he act the part?
At the Sundance film, a short clip from jOBS was showcased, giving us the first glimpse into what the Joshua Stern’ directed biopic has in store for us. In the clip, Kutcher who plays Steve Jobs tries to convince his partner-in-crime Steve Wozniak (played by Josh Gad) about kick starting an “industrial revolution” by developing and selling one of the first personal computers. The clip ends with a line that Steve Jobs sternly stood by, “How can somebody know what they want if they haven’t even seen it?”
If you have read Walter Isaacson’s biography ‘Steve Jobs’ released in 2011, you will immediately realize that the clip is full of glaring inaccuracies. In fact, so much so that Steve Wozniak himself has called it out, saying that he and Jobs “never had such interactions” and the personalities shown “are very wrong.”
“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…don’t forget that my purpose was inspired by the values of the Homebrew Computer Club along with ideas of the value of such machines and Steve J. wasn’t around and didn’t attend the club so he was the one learning about such social impact of the future,” Wozniak told Gizmodo.
“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. Steve came back from Oregon and came to a club meeting and didn’t start talking about this great social impact. His idea was to make a $20 PC board and sell it for $40 to help people at the club build the computer I’d given away. Steve came from selling surplus parts at HalTed he always saw a way to make a quick buck off my designs (this was the 5th time),” he added.
“The lofty talk came much further down the line. 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. Anyone who reads my book iWoz can get a clearer picture.”
We can see where Wozniak is coming from, but jOBS is a movie after all, and it has be “movie-fied” in order to make it more entertaining and watchable. Wozniak admitted that it “only one clip”, and how the rest of the movie turns is something to be seen.