Attention, movie fans. The inevitable has happened. We were all remaining politely tight-lipped over the whole ‘Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs in jOBS’ thing. We were being polite about it all, even though we knew it seemed like a terrible idea. It seemed as though the movie was being rushed out, ahead of Aaron Sorkin’s own effort on the same subject matter. And frankly, we weren’t convinced by the casting of Kutcher in the lead role. We may have been politely keeping our opinions to ourself, but Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak certainly hasn’t.
Speaking about a clip from the movie, which surfaced online ahead of the movie’s Sundance Festival premiere, Wozniak has declared that the film has got their characters all wrong, as well as the gestation of their professional working relationships. “We never had such interaction and roles,” Wozniak told Tony Hicks, for Digital First Media. “I’m not even sure what it’s getting at. Personalities are very wrong, although mine is closer.” The 62 year-old went on to say, in an email, that the scene shown online has turned the real story of Apple’s inception on its head. “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.”
Wozniak hasn’t dismissed the movie outright, but this crucial scene certainly hasn’t hit the mark for him. “I never looked like a professional. We were both kids. Our relationship was so different from what was portrayed. I’m embarrassed, but if the movie is fun and entertaining, all the better.” Wozniak is played by Josh Gad in the movie, which gets a wider release in April 2013.