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Steve Wozniak: Scene in Steve Jobs Movie is Inaccurate

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Apple co-founder explains movie's fabrication.

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has stated that the opening movie scene in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS, is made up.

The opening scene sees Steve Jobs (played by Ashton Kutcher) and Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad) in a parking lot discussing the future of the desktop computer. Although the former is excited about investing in the market, the clip appears to portray the latter in a light where it suggests he didn't have a clue about the potential value of what he had built. "Nobody wants to buy a computer. Nobody," Gad said.

Wozniak, however, said on the validity of the scene: "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."

"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."

He added the following comments:

It's only one clip.

The movie should be very popular and I hope it's entertaining. It may be very correct, as well. This is only one clip. But you'll see the direction they are slanting the movie in, just by the dialog style of this script.

I never wore a tie back then. I wore blue jeans and the same style blue button-up shirt every day of my life. I was not like a professional in demeanor ever.

Here is a reply I gave to someone on Facebook a few minutes ago:

The fact that it didn't happen is unimportant. The important thing is whether the meaning portrayed is correct.

It's ok to make up a dramatic scene but is much better if it sort of happened and had the meaning portrayed. But this is only one short clip of the movie. The entire movie may be very good. But the initial exposure to the social meaning of a technology revolution went in a very different direction in those early times.

A more accurate portrayal would be myself in the Homebrew Computer Club (with Steve Jobs up in another state and not aware of it) being inspired by liberal humanist academics from Berkeley and Stanford and other places speaking of these high social goals. I decided then and there to help them reach those goals by designing a computer that was affordable. I gave it away to members of this club to help them. My goal was not money or power. In fact, when Steve came down and came to the club and saw the interest, he did not propose making a computer. Rather, he suggested we make a PC board so that others could build my computer easier. This PC board is just a component, like the ones Steve would sell at Haltek, a surplus electronics store. 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, and the Apple ][ was the 6th time. We always split the proceeds.
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    A Bad Day , January 26, 2013 12:17 AM
    Hollywood rarely gets it right sadly...
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    unksol , January 26, 2013 12:38 AM
    I don't think anyone expected a movie about jobs to be honest or accurate, and I don't think the kinds of people who would see it want it to be either. They'd be sorely disappointed.

    Its unfortunate, but expected, that jobs would be assigned all the credit. That's kinda his thing
  • 29 Hide
    pat , January 26, 2013 12:23 AM
    So, they filmed it wrong?
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  • 33 Hide
    A Bad Day , January 26, 2013 12:17 AM
    Hollywood rarely gets it right sadly...
  • 29 Hide
    pat , January 26, 2013 12:23 AM
    So, they filmed it wrong?
  • 32 Hide
    unksol , January 26, 2013 12:38 AM
    I don't think anyone expected a movie about jobs to be honest or accurate, and I don't think the kinds of people who would see it want it to be either. They'd be sorely disappointed.

    Its unfortunate, but expected, that jobs would be assigned all the credit. That's kinda his thing
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    vaughn2k , January 26, 2013 12:44 AM
    There goes the blockbuster...
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    Usersname , January 26, 2013 12:54 AM
    A Bad DayHollywood rarely gets it right sadly...
    Wrong! Hollywood never gets anything remotely right. It is a world of reality distortions. Apt.
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    mx2138 , January 26, 2013 12:54 AM
    patSo, they filmed it wrong?

    I see what you did there.

    For me, after Michael Kelso, the only other character that I've been able to believe thanks to his acting was Evan in the butterfly effect. those were fictitious tho
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    Usersname , January 26, 2013 12:57 AM
    A Bad DayHollywood rarely gets it right sadly...
    Hollywood never gets anything remotely right. It is a place of reality distortions...apt, for the film protagonist.
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    nekromobo , January 26, 2013 1:01 AM
    SchizoFrogThis is a movie about the life of the leader of a company who has possibly done more for modern day technology, especially mobile technology than anyone else who died at, as some would say 'at the peak of his prime'.


    Uh, Jobs did what? Put a logo on it?
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    iniudan , January 26, 2013 1:02 AM
    SchizoFrogThis is a movie about the life of the leader of a company who has possibly done more for modern day technology, especially mobile technology than anyone else who died at, as some would say 'at the peak of his prime'.


    Go say that on Dennis Richie grave...
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    iniudan , January 26, 2013 1:05 AM
    SchizoFrogThis is a movie about the life of the leader of a company who has possibly done more for modern day technology, especially mobile technology than anyone else who died at, as some would say 'at the peak of his prime'.


    Why not say that on Dennis Ritchie grave while your at it...
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    esrever , January 26, 2013 1:08 AM
    If they want an accurate movie on jobs. They need to fill in all the parts where he just steals ideas from other people then sue them afterward.
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    ssd_pro , January 26, 2013 1:09 AM
    SchizoFrogThis is a movie about the life of the leader of a company who has possibly done more for modern day technology, especially mobile technology than anyone else who died at, as some would say 'at the peak of his prime'. So I don't think it is too much of a stretch to see the connection.However, the story is a weak one at best and not worthy of journalism full stop. I mean, a movie, got something, a little wrong? Oh no... That has never happened before... ever.


    Done more? If you step back a bit you might notice all the mobile connectivity has led to a more shallow, less connected society. Oh... and all those Foxconn workers who jumped out of their prison dorms probably feel less connected too. Quite a legacy.
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    A Bad Day , January 26, 2013 2:55 AM
    esreverIf they want an accurate movie on jobs. They need to fill in all the parts where he just steals ideas from other people then sue them afterward.


    And firing entire project teams...

    And dropping the F-bomb when someone suggest something that he doesn't like.

    And just being a jerk to his employees.
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    LEXX911 , January 26, 2013 5:35 AM
    Oh look. It's Ashton Kutcher playing Ashton Kutcher. Totally iFail.
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    abbadon_34 , January 26, 2013 6:45 AM
    Was anyone really expecting a true "documentary" or "biography"? Of course not, it's just another propaganda piece to boost share price like that Facebook movie.
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    icemunk , January 26, 2013 6:48 AM
    The movie will just be a 2 hour advertisement for Apple, and try to label Jobs as some sort of messiah visionary (which he was not). Don't waste your money on this trash.
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    doive1231 , January 26, 2013 6:51 AM
    Let's hope the new Star Wars films don't get it as badly wrong. Luke: Chewie, I am your father.
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    zybch , January 26, 2013 6:53 AM
    iWoz is a great book (crappy title), and is probably the best depiction of the Woz/Jerk I mean Jobs relationship to date.
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