The new Steve Jobs movie is getting rave reviews from film critics, but what about from the people who were actually there in the trenches with the real Steve Jobs?
According to Jobs’ Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, the film is pretty darned accurate. In fact, Woz says that there were times watching the movie when he just about forgot he was watching actors on-screen rather than the real people involved.
Now that’s high praise.
“I saw a rough cut and I felt like I was actually watching Steve Jobs and the others (including Seth Rogen’s portrayal of Woz himself), not actors playing them; I give full credit to Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin for getting it so right,” Wozniak told Deadline.
Interestingly, despite the massive amounts of praise Fassbender is getting for his performance as Steve, Woz thinks that Kate Winslet is the most likely to pick up awards for her portrayal of Joanna Hoffman, the legendary Macintosh marketing chief.
Woz has never been shy about offering his opinion on previous Apple-related topics. Back in 2013, he memorably slated the last big-screen Steve Jobs movie (the Ashton Kutcher-starring Jobs). “I was approached early on [to get involved],” he said at the time. “I read a script as far as I could stomach it and felt it was crap.”
Granted, Steve Wozniak was a paid consultant on the new Aaron Sorkin/Danny Boyle movie — so he certainly has a dog in the race when it comes to voicing his opinions — but a person as outspoken as he is surely wouldn’t have gotten involved in the movie had he not believed in it.
While there are definite difference between a drama and a documentary, hearing that the upcoming Steve Jobs movie is accurate (at least, for the 1984 section Woz was around to witness) definitely makes it an even more enticing proposition.
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