Well, that didn’t take long: Just a few hours after EW posted the first clip from jOBS – a Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as the tech visionary and Josh Gad as his partner Steve Wozniak – Wozniak himself took to Gizmodo’s comment boards to deride the film as inaccurate. “Not close,” he wrote. “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.”
Later, Wozniak would expand on his comment in two emails to Gizmodo, calling the scene “totally wrong.” He objected to the film’s styling – “I never looked like a professional” – as well as the way the clip seemed to credit Jobs with ideas Wozniak claims as his own: “The ideas of computers affecting society did not come from Jobs. They inspired me.” He concluded by poking fun at the Apple guru’s mercenary nature – “By the way, the Apple I was the 5th time I designed something just for fun that Steve found a way to turn into money.”
When asked for comment, jOBS publicist Amanda Lundberg responded with the following statement:
The film is not a documentary, nor is it meant to be a blow by blow, word for word account of all conversations and events. The filmmakers have tremendous admiration and respect for Wozniak and all those that are portrayed in the film, and did extensive research in an effort to make an entertaining accurate film that captures the essence and story of Steve Jobs and those that built Apple with him.
The filmmakers acknowledge that not every single thing in the film is a precise representation of what took place, but is feature film entertainment about one of the most important, creative and impactful people [in] our culture’s history taking place over three decades [that are] compressed into a two hour film.
It’s also worth noting that Wozniak himself did not act as a consultant on jOBS – he was contracted exclusively to work with Aaron Sorkin on the Social Network writer’s own Jobs biopic, which is based on Walter Isaacson’s massive Jobs biography. Here’s hoping Woz contributed a few lines to the script of the second film as well; that line about the Apple I is movie gold.
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