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Wozniak: jOBS clip 'not close' to relationship with Jobs

updated 04:20 pm EST, Thu January 24, 2013

Clip reverses inventor's view on future 'social impact' of computing

The widely-publicized first scene released from Ashton Kutcher's jOBS biographical feature on Steve Jobs is said to be "not close" to the actual relationship between Jobs and Stephen Wozniak, according to Wozniak himself. The film will be shown at the Sundance Film Festival, with Kutcher and co-star Josh Gad appearing at the Macworld conference next week to promote the picture.

The clip shows an alleged seminal moment between the pair, with Jobs learning about the computer that Wozniak was able to build, and the future CEO seeing the implications for the future. Wozniak's comment on Gizmodo says of the clip that Jobs and he "never had such interaction and roles" and he was "not even sure what [the film is] getting at." He also calls the personalities "very wrong" with Gad's portrayal being closer than Kutcher's of Jobs'.

Wozniak closed the remark by saying 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."

The jOBS biopic is the first of two Apple-inspired biographies both conceived and written after Jobs' death. The second feature is being written by The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin and isn't expected until 2014 at the earliest.



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  1. ricardogf

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    Huh?

    Just watched this trailer - not surprisingly, all I saw was a TERRIBLE performance by a pathetic actor (if we may qualify Mr Kutcher as such, of course) - just proof that Hollywood is, among other things, a good job creator for those sharing a certain religious allegiance and little else...he looks physically like SJ - other than that, the choice couldn't have been WORSE.

    As for the guy interpreting Woz, he is just a nobody - where is Mr Wyle when one needs him?

  1. andi*pandi

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    God that was horrible.

  1. Peter Bonte

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    Oh God, i don't want to see this movie, i'l wait for the Sorkin version based on the bio.

  1. Charles Martin

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    Originally Posted by ricardogfView Post

    just proof that Hollywood is, among other things, a good job creator for those sharing a certain religious allegiance and little else



    Wow, anti-semitism much? You got your Klan sheets back from the cleaners, I see ...

    Just for the record, Ashton Kutcher is Roman Catholic. Or is that what you mean, that Hollywood is a big haven for those crazy Pope-worshippers? :D

    I [now have] seen the trailer and didn't think it was all that terrible. Not factually accurate, of course, but gets the point across. Those who think this brief snippet is "terrible" need to go back and have another look at their beloved "Pirates of Silicon Valley." The memory cheats! (I'm not defending Kutcher here -- I'm not a fan. I'm just reserving judgement until I can see the entire film.)

    As for the guy interpreting Woz, he is just a nobody - where is Mr Wyle when one needs him?

    Um, you do remember that Noah Wyle portrayed JOBS, not WOZ, in the movie "Pirates of Silicon Valley" right? Like I said above ...

    Wyle's still around, but he's too old to play Jobs as such a young man (and doesn't bear much resemblance either). I'm not saying Kutcher's a good choice because he happens to look like Jobs, I'm just saying you don't appear to understand that this movie is set in the 70s when Jobs was in his 20s. Noah Wyle is 41 years old.

    Maybe they'll cast him in the GOOD Jobs movie, the one Sony is making with Aaron Sorkin. We'll have to wait and see.

  1. Flying Meat

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    I though ricardogf was talking about scientology folks. :stick:

  1. apostle

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    Was Peter Jackson doing the casting? The fellow who portrays Woz looks nothing like Woz but bears an incredibly eerie resemblance to Gimli of Gloin!!!

    > eek! <

  1. Charles Martin

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    Originally Posted by Flying MeatView Post

    I though ricardogf was talking about scientology folks. :stick:



    That would make even LESS sense. NONE of the people involved with this *independent* (as in NOT HOLLYWOOD) production are known to be scientologists, and there aren't really that many scientologists in the movie industry anyway (obvious a few well-known people, but apart from the half-dozen everyone can name, who else is there?).

  1. iGazer

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    Wozniak closed the remark by saying 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."

    According to the Isaacson bio, Jobs did attend the club meetings and Jobs was constantly peppering Woz with questions about the social implications. Not sure who to believe, Woz has admitted his memory is shaky in the past.

  1. DeepDish

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    Originally Posted by chas_mView Post

    Wow, anti-semitism much? You got your Klan sheets back from the cleaners, I see ...



    I didn't take it as him referring to Judaism. Leftist culture is a religion unto itself.

    That is how I read it.

  1. Grendelmon

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    Originally Posted by chas_mView Post

    Wow, anti-semitism much? You got your Klan sheets back from the cleaners, I see ...



    Whoa. Calm down, dude. I think you're the only person who interpeted his comment that way. I think he meant the "liberal" religion. Or perhaps scientologists..?

  1. Grendelmon

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    Originally Posted by chas_mView Post

    That would make even LESS sense. NONE of the people involved with this *independent* (as in NOT HOLLYWOOD) production are known to be scientologists, and there aren't really that many scientologists in the movie industry anyway (obvious a few well-known people, but apart from the half-dozen everyone can name, who else is there?).



    Well, for starters...

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Originally Posted by DeepDishView Post

    I didn't take it as him referring to Judaism. Leftist culture is a religion unto itself.

    That is how I read it.



    That is almost *more* painful to read.

    Is there any hope for America? :brick:

  1. Grendelmon

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    Originally Posted by Spheric HarlotView Post

    That is almost *more* painful to read.

    Is there any hope for America? :brick:



    Maybe they were being sarcastic, who knows. It is kind of sad, though. The older I get, the more I'm beginning to worry that centrism is becoming a philosophy of the past.

  1. andi*pandi

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    Not knowing Ashton's religion (or caring much to check) I assumed it was a Scientology slam.

    Woz has had his share of head bomps and injuries... didn't he lose his memory after a plane crash? Not sure how he can be sure of anything.

  1. Spheric Harlot

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    Originally Posted by GrendelmonView Post

    Maybe they were being sarcastic, who knows. It is kind of sad, though. The older I get, the more I'm beginning to worry that centrism is becoming a philosophy of the past.



    Even worse: perspective has shifted so far to the obscene right that Obama is considered "left-wing", despite the fact that he's actually slightly right of the center on most policies.

    It's like the twentieth century never happened...

    REVOKE WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE! IT'S SOCIALIST!

  1. Leonard

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    Originally Posted by andi*pandiView Post

    Not knowing Ashton's religion (or caring much to check) I assumed it was a Scientology slam.



    The scientologists I know, Tom Cruise and John Travolta, can act so I was a little confused by ricardogf's comments. Besides, as someone else said, there's every religion pretty much represented in Hollywood.

    I have't seen the clip yet, but Ashton didn't seem the best candidate.

    Since I really enjoyed the West Wing, especially the characters, I'll probably like Sorkin's version better.

  1. Gazoobee

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    Originally Posted by chas_mView Post

    That would make even LESS sense. NONE of the people involved with this *independent* (as in NOT HOLLYWOOD) production are known to be scientologists, and there aren't really that many scientologists in the movie industry anyway (obvious a few well-known people, but apart from the half-dozen everyone can name, who else is there?).

    No offence, but you are the one coming off like a racist here. The original remark was as well of course but your over-reaction to it, and the assumption you made that it was about anti-semeticism speaks volumes. Now you reply with a post that makes it obvious that you actually *know* how many people of what religion/race are working on which Hollywood picture? Why keep track of this stuff at all?

    I must admit my first thought about the original post was that he was talking about scientology because Kutchner is exactly the kind of shallow egomaniac that would be attracted by such nonsense. On reflection, I think you were right about it being probably an anti-semetic remark, but your response is just as bad IMO. Everyone knows that Jewish people are a huge part of the entertainment business, whether one is stupid enough to see it as a conspiracy or whether one is a Jew oneself and just stating the obvious (good) fact that this is so.

    Why don't we all just forget about who prays to what. Keeping track of it for "defensive" reasons is almost as bad as the conspiracy nuts.

    IMO as techies we should really be eschewing religion altogether and working for the day when rationality is more important than dogma, and our children can be raised free of religions yoke.

  1. Gazoobee

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    Originally Posted by iGazerView Post

    According to the Isaacson bio, Jobs did attend the club meetings and Jobs was constantly peppering Woz with questions about the social implications. Not sure who to believe, Woz has admitted his memory is shaky in the past.



    As weird as it may sound, I think when you're looking at a bio-pic like this, even if Jobs was still alive, it's not a good idea to take his word about what happened either. That's why autobiographies are more entertaining than biographies, but generally far less accurate.

    It takes research and incisive analysis by a disinterested third party to make a good biography. No one can really be that objective about themselves and memory and personal experience is a notoriously unreliable crutch to lean on.

  1. Foxypaco

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    They should of just made the movie in CG with voice actors.

  1. blahblahbber

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    people, just don't watch BS like this. If the origin states "this film is not us".... what is the point of watching it??... for an independent film, this is grotesque.

    also, if they include the part where Jobs (name is more like Steve Robs) embezzles money from Woz, then I will watch that clip.

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