Woz: Entertainment trumps accuracy in new Steve Jobs trailer

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Seth Rogen plays Steve Wozniak in the forthcoming Jobs biopic.
Seth Rogen plays Steve Wozniak in the forthcoming Jobs biopic.
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The Woz wasn’t exactly the world’s biggest fan of the Ashton Kutcher-starring 2013 movie Jobs, whose script he infamously dismissed as “crap.” But what did he make of the trailer for Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, which landed earlier this week?

In an email correspondence, Wozniak gives something of a mixed view — essentially dinging the film for its accuracy, but arguing that its heart is in the right place.

As we noted of the highly dramatic trailer, the conflict between Woz and Jobs seems like a big part of the movie — particularly in the early stages. “What do you do?” Woz says in the recent full-length trailer. “You’re not an engineer. You’re not a designer. You can’t put a hammer to a nail. I built the circuit board. The graphical interface was stolen. So how come, 10 times in a day, I read Steve Jobs is a genius?”

“I don’t talk that way,” Wozniak wrote in an email to Bloomberg. “I would never accuse the graphical interface of being stolen. I never made comments to the effect that I had credit (genius) taken from me.”

“The lines I heard spoken were not things I would say but carried the right message, at least partly,” he continued. “I felt a lot of the real Jobs in the trailer, although a bit exaggerated.”

With regards to Jobs’ denial that he had fathered daughter Lisa (which also forms a major thrust of the movie), Woz says, “It was hard on me, even being quiet, when Jobs refused to acknowledge his child when the money didn’t matter. And I can almost cry remembering it.”

Woz additionally confirmed that he had consulted with writer Aaron Sorkin on the project and met with Seth Rogen (who plays him in the film), but hadn’t seen a final shooting script.

“It is the creative work of the producer and writer and actors and director and others,” he said. “Accuracy is second to entertainment in a movie like this.”

Source: Bloomberg

Via: The Guardian