Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak disses Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs
'A lot of what was wrong with the film came from Ashton...' - Woz
Steve Wozniak isn't too impressed with the Steve Jobs biopic film Jobs - and said a lot of its problems came from Ashton Kutcher's portrayal of the Apple founder.
The Woz jumped on the comments section of a Gizmodo review of the movie for his own impromptu critique, which wasn't all that complimentary.
"I saw Jobs tonight. I thought the acting throughout was good. I was attentive and entertained but not greatly enough to recommend the movie," he said.
"One friend who is in the movie said he didn't want to watch fiction so he wasn't interested in seeing it."
Wozniak also had a few choice words for actor Ashton Kutcher. The Apple co-founder had already suggested that some of the scenes in Jobs weren't entirely accurate, after which Kutcher suggested to the Associated Press that Woz's criticisms may have something to do with the fact that he's being paid as a consultant on another upcoming Steve Jobs movie.
Kutcher told AP:
Steve Wozniak is being paid by another company to support their Steve Jobs film. It’s personal for him, but it’s also business. We have to keep that in mind. He was also extremely unavailable to us when producing this film. He’s a brilliant man and I respect his work, but he wasn’t available to us as a resource, so his account isn’t going to be our account because we don’t know exactly what it was. We did the best job we could. Nobody really knows what happened in the rooms.
Woz did not agree. He told Gizmodo:
I suspect a lot of what was wrong with the film came from Ashton's own image of Jobs.
Ashton made some disingenuous and wrong statements about me recently (including my supposedly having said that the 'movie' was bad, which was probably Ashton believing pop press headlines) and that I didn't like the movie because I'm paid to consult on another one.
These are examples of Ashton still being in character. Either film would have paid me to consult, but the Jobs one already had a script written. I can't take that creative leadership from someone else. And I was turned off by the Jobs script. But I still hoped for a great movie.
He also said that he felt sorry for people he knows who were wrongly portrayed in the film and complained that the movie ended at the point in the real Jobs' life when he was hitting his stride.
"I'm grateful to Steve for his excellence in the i-era, and his contribution to my own life of enjoying great products, but this movie portrays him having had those skills in earlier times," Wozniak concluded. ®