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Wozniak admitted he only saw the one clip and can forgive inaccuracies like the invented scene as long as "the meaning portrayed is correct," the non-tie-wearing Apple cofounder allowed that jOBS could still be "very good."
If anybody knew the real Steve Jobs, it's Woz.
And as if you ask Steve Wozniak, who cofounded Apple, Ashton Kutcher's biopic on the company's late chairman, jOBS, gets it "totally wrong."
Woz came to this conclusion, he told Gizmodo, after watching a clip of the flick that surfaced online and showed the 34-year-old thesp, in the role of the mercurial bearded entrepreneur, trying to convince the computer wiz about the intrinsic societal value of his designs.
"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," Wozniak wrote in a comment to the site.
The 62-year-old engineer and programmer argued that the scene in question essentially got Apple's birth backward when it came to which of the two men saw the machine's potential.
"Totally wrong," Woz explained further in an email to the site. "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 [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."
Rather, Wozniak noted, the real Jobs initially had a less grandiose vision.
"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," recalled the computer scientist. "The lofty talk came much further down the line."
As for how he is portrayed in the drama by The Book of Mormon's Josh Gad, in Woz's opinion, the filmmakers took some dramatic license.
"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," he said.
OK...so it's not exactly adhering to history.
But while Wozniak admitted he only saw the one clip and can forgive inaccuracies like the invented scene as long as "the meaning portrayed is correct," the non-tie-wearing Apple cofounder allowed that jOBS could still be "very good."
Those folks who didn't catch the movie's Sundance premiere last Friday will have to wait until April 19 when jOBS hits theaters.