Friday, January 25, 2013

Steve Wozniak Weighs in on JOBS

For as long as there have been film adaptations of historical events, there have always been nay-sayers who have something to complain about. Most of the time, these critiques can be written off as artistically-challenged rants about tedious details. However, there are instances when the critic is a very dependable resource, and their input can make or break a movie.

Just this week, a clip for the new film 'JOBS,' starring Ashton Kutcher as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, premiered online to mixed reviews. While some still can't seem to get over the fact that Ashton Kutcher is playing as Jobs, the clip yeilded a much more serious reaction from one of the "characters" portrayed in the film. Co-founder Steve Wozniak decided to chime in about the clip, and was quick to point out that the initial footage of the film is completely incorrect.

"We never had such interaction and roles... I'm not even sure what it's getting at... [The] personalities are very wrong although mine is closer," the Woz weighs in.

Here's the infamous clip:

According to Wozniak, the scene is "totally wrong. Personalities and where the ideas of computer affecting society did not come from Jobs. They inspired me and were widely spoken at the Homebrew Computer Club. Steve came back from Oregon and came to a club meeting and didn't start talking about this great social impact. 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. Steve came from selling surplus parts at HalTed, he alwas saw a way to make a quick buck off my designs."

While the Woz thought his character's portrayal was somewhat accurate, he added "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. Anyone who reads my book, 'iWoz,' can get a clearer picture."

There are always critics, but Wozniak's review can seriously hurt JOBS' sales if the rest of the movie keeps the same theme. We will see more of what this film has to offer in the weeks preceding its April 19 release. What are your thoughts on the clip?

-by Caleb Smith

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