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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Okay I get why some of Zak's stuff is on here, but seriously? This? Who cares? This isn't technology, this isn't hardware. This isn't remotely related to what this website is about. I used to almost defend some of the apple spam on here, but now it's indefensible.Reply
Hollywood rarely gets it right sadly...Reply
yobobjmOkay I get why some of Zak's stuff is on here, but seriously? This? Who cares? This isn't technology, this isn't hardware. This isn't remotely related to what this website is about. I used to almost defend some of the apple spam on here, but now it's indefensible.This 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.Reply
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.
So, they filmed it wrong?Reply
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.Reply
Its unfortunate, but expected, that jobs would be assigned all the credit. That's kinda his thing
There goes the blockbuster...Reply
A Bad DayHollywood rarely gets it right sadly... Wrong! Hollywood never gets anything remotely right. It is a world of reality distortions. Apt.Reply
patSo, they filmed it wrong?I see what you did there.Reply
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
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.Reply
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'.Reply
Uh, Jobs did what? Put a logo on it?