Though the first look at Ashton Kutcher‘s Steve Jobs biopic “jOBS” looked surprisingly good, it’s got at least one detractor already: Steve Wozniak. The character of Wozniak, played by actor Josh Gad in the film, was at the center of the first scene released of the film, and the Apple co-founder has come forth to say that the story being told is “totally wrong.”
“I never looked like a professional. We were both kids. Our relationship was so different than what was portrayed,” he writes in an email to Gizmodo. “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.”
That’s a nice plug at the end, but Wozniak’s bottom line is that “jOBS” doesn’t seem like it’s going to do a good job giving fans a good impression of who Jobs and he were. He writes in a comment on a Gizmodo article that “we never had such interaction and roles” as the ones being shown in the clip and that the “personalities are very wrong although mine is closer.”
“Don’t forget that my purpose was inspired by the values of the Homebrew Computer Club along with ideas of the value of such machines and Steve J. wasn’t around and didn’t attend the club so he was the one learning about such social impact of the future,” Wozniak writes.
Wozniak later wrote a second update to clarify that his initial response was just to the one clip released.
“The movie should be very popular and I hope it’s entertaining. It may be very correct, as well. This is only one clip. But you’ll see the direction they are slanting the movie in, just by the dialog style of this script,” he writes. “The fact that it didn’t happen is unimportant. The important thing is whether the meaning portrayed is correct.”
“jOBS” closes out the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 25. It’s due in theaters on April 19.