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Steve Wozniak: Jobs Movie Gets Much Wrong

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak weighed in on the Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher.

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs

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After months of not commenting on the making of the biopic Jobs, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has finally seen the finished film--and he's ready to weigh in.

The verdict? The film was clever and funny in parts--but it got much wrong, Wozniak told Bloomberg reporter Emily Chang.

Primarily, Wozniak was disappointed by the way the movie portrayed people that Steve Jobs had collaborated with and learned from in his early days as a business man. 

"I did not like seeing a lot of people I know not get the respect that they deserve in their relationship with Steve Jobs [in the film]," Wozniak said. He didn't go into detail about who those people were. 

"When you make a movie about something that's real life you can never get [everything] right...but the concept of each scene and what it implies should be right and there were a lot of things wrong [in Jobs] that I knew about," Wozniak continued. This has become a reoccurring theme in Wozniak's many press interviews about the film.

Wozniak acknowledged the talent of actors in the film--including his own Hollywood doppleganger, Josh Gad--and described the film as "entertaining," if not completely real to life.

Of course, Ashton Kutcher--who stars in Jobs and helped to produce the film--has verbalized his own take on the criticism.

"Woz is being paid by another company to support a different Steve Jobs film," Kutcher said in an interview with Hollywood Reporter, referencing the Alan Sorkin film scheduled to come out later this year. "It’s personal for him, but it’s also business. We have to keep that in mind."

Wozniack soon responded to Kutcher's jab in a post he wrote on Gizmodo: 

I suspect a lot of what was wrong with the film came from Ashton's own image of Jobs. Ashton made some disingenuous and wrong statements about me recently (including my supposedly having said that the 'movie' was bad, which was probably Ashton believing pop press headlines) and that I didn't like the movie because I'm paid to consult on another one. These are examples of Ashton still being in character. Either film would have paid me to consult, but the Jobs one already had a script written. I can't take that creative leadership from someone else. And I was turned off by the Jobs script. But I still hoped for a great movie.

 

 

Last updated: Aug 19, 2013

FRANCESCA FENZI reports on entrepreneurship, technology and small business news from San Francisco. Her work has previously appeared in TIME, USA Today, Pop City and The Northside Chronicle.
@FrancescaFenzi




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