Woz: I Don’t Hate The Jobs Movie, But Steve Wasn’t The Saint You Think He Was

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak famously slammed the one-minute teaser for Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs biopic and its script back in January, but that doesn’t mean he has a hatred for JOBS before he’s even seen it. In fact, Woz says he’s open to it as long as it’s entertaining and inspirational, and accurately portrays what really happened during the early days of Apple.

But he’s concerned the movie will depict Steve Jobs as a saint who was immune to failure.

“I allow a lot of artistic interpretation for the sake of entertainment and inspiration, as long as the implied meanings of the scenes are accurate,” Woz told Gizmodo’s Jesus Diaz. “I can’t judge that until I see the film.”

However…

“I have a little bug in me that says that this movie will portray Steve as a saint who was ignored, rather than one of the key people who led Apple through failure after failure (Apple ///, LISA, Macintosh) while the revenues poured in from the Apple ][ that Jobs was trying to kill,” Woz added.

“The Macintosh market was created in the 3 years after Jobs left, with a lot of effort, by some who Jobs disdains.”

Woz acknowledges that Jobs did do great things at Apple, like the iTunes Store, the iPod, Apple’s retail stores, and more recently the iPhone and the iPad. And he concludes that Apple could have used “later Jobs” with all of his experience during its early years.

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  • Adrayven

    Mistakes are not a bad thing as long as you learn.. We learn well from our mistakes.. You only truly fail if you give up.. He never seemed to.. He seemed to be willing to do a 180 as long as you can show him why. Otherwise, he would be determined to plow threw with his goals.. Sometimes thats good.. sometimes.. not so much..

  • Whodakat

    I’d be careful if I was Woz. Speaking ill of the dead is never going to be good for you. And does he really think everyone considers Jobs a saint? Please. Read his book, or pretty much anything written about him. Jobs was a total dick, and I say that will all respect. Its unfortunate but “dicks” get things done. They usually don’t make people like Woz happy, who all want to hold hands and sing Kum Ba Yah, but they do get things done.

  • technochick

    I’d be careful if I was Woz. Speaking ill of the dead is never going to be good for you. And does he really think everyone considers Jobs a saint?

    He didn’t say everyone. Just the filmmakers.

  • JonasHamill

    It seems as though Woz is still spiteful because the Apple ][ was his creation; but was also stuck in the past. While the rest of Apple tried to move forward to the future with the devices like the Macintosh and the Lisa.

  • jahsoul

    It seems as though Woz is still spiteful because the Apple ][ was his creation; but was also stuck in the past. While the rest of Apple tried to move forward to the future with the devices like the Macintosh and the Lisa.

    And like the article said, failed. It is what it is. I don’t understand why people would come to Job’s defense over something Woz said. They freaking worked together and Woz is not one of those who will be forgotten. What he has done in the field of technology won’t let that happen.

  • MrsCleaver

    Woz is a “was”, and that sticks in his craw. He just can’t stop poking at Apple and Steve Jobs. He acts as though he deserves respect, but does little or nothing to earn it. Having a microphone or video camera pushed into your face for a comment is very different from people wanting to know what you think.

    A little humility would go a long way in Wozniak’s case. Maybe there’s an app for that… one that would work on his android.

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