The jOBS biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak is not exactly making a splash in the film industry. Written by a first-timer and directed by a studio with a tight budget, the movie has garnered quite a few mixed reviews.
And one such review comes from Steve Wozniak himself, the Apple co-founder who created the first Apple computers with his bare hands.
After reading part of the jOBS script, he decided he wouldn’t help Five Star Feature Films put into play what he considered to be an awful script.
“I was approached early on [for JOBS],” Woz tells
The Verge. “I read a script as far as I could stomach it and felt it was [expletive]. The Sony people got in contact with me too and in the end I went with them. You can’t do both [films] and be paid.”
That’s right. The Woz is helping out Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin do his own take on Jobs’ life. After all, Sony’s movie
not only has a substantially larger budget, but it’s actually based on the official Steve Jobs biography written by Walter Isaacson.
Wozniak also voiced his concerns regarding Mark Hulme’s jOBS after watching the first official footage released on the web.
According to the Apple co-founder, the one-minute clip gets everything wrong from the characters and the dialog, to the clothing.
“Not close...we never had such interaction and roles...I'm not even sure what it's getting at […]personalities are very wrong although mine is closer,” he said.
“Personalities and where the ideas of computers affecting society did not come from Jobs,” Woz added
. “They inspired me and were widely spoken at the Homebrew Computer Club […] The lofty talk came much further down the line.”