The jOBS movie will be arriving in April. Ashton Kutcher (as Steve Jobs) and Josh Gad (as Steve Wozniak) will be promoting the movie at Macworld in San Francisco. A preview from the movie recently aired, but Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said that it is an inaccurate portrayal of how him and Steve Jobs interacted with each other. Wozniak said that they never had such interaction and roles in the clip below. Below is a statement that he sent to Gizmodo.
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 already knew the value of the machines and the democratization of technology and Jobs learned about it later. He added the following in the e-mail:
Totally wrong. 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).
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.
Steve Wozniak is referring to his book: iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It. The jOBS movie will be premiering today at the Sundance Film Festival. Check out the clip below: