Recently, a movie clip was released from the film about Steve Jobs, who, along with Steve Wozniak, co-founded Apple in the 70’s. The movie, titled “jOBS,” will tell the story of the late businessman from the process of founding the company up until the year 2000. It was presented this last Friday, January 25th at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, and was received with a warm welcome by the audience. Independent from this, controversy about the movie clip has already let loose.
In the movie clip that was released to the media, a dialog is shown between the then young Steve Jobs (Ashton Kutcher) and Steve Wozniak (Josh Gad), in which Jobs tells Wozniak that manufacturing a personal computer would change the world, to which Wozniak responds that no one would ever want to buy a computer for personal use.
It’s important to note that towards the middle of the 70’s, computers were extremely expensive, and were used exclusively for scientific purposes in universities, labs, and other specialized areas. In fact, as everyone knows, Jobs’ idea grew to become Apple I, the first computer (or one of the first) for household use.
The real Wozniak said that what you see in that clip never actually happened, and that the two men never had a conversation of the kind. He stated that their personalities are not accurately represented. Obviously, there are already a limitless number of opinions and comments circulating the Internet in favor and against this biopic as to who the true architect behind the entire Apple ecosystem was.
From what you can see in the video clip, and from the fact that an actor such as Ashton Kutcher was chosen to play the leading role, you can bet that the movie’s idea is to portray Jobs as a remarkable visionary in the world of technology, and a man who radically changed our culture. On the other hand, Wozniak remains firm that it was he who had all the great ideas, and that Jobs was the clever entrepreneur who time and time again found the way to transform those ideas into money.
The movie’s producer has responded to Steve Wozniak, saying that the movie isn’t an attempt to be a documentary that shows every event exactly how it happened, nor can it collect the exact words spoken by each person involved in each event. Of course, it isn’t question of whether or not the scene in the clip actually happened or not, but rather that the movie is as faithful as possible to what actually happened.
Meanwhile, Wozniak, who left Apple in 1987, has written his version of how Apple was founded, his relationship with Steve Jobs, and how he invented the personal computer in his book titled “iWoz”.
The movie jOBS will be released theatrically in the U.S. on April 19th.