Saturday 20 January 2018

'Everything in Steve Jobs movie didn't happen' - Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says Danny Boyle's film is inaccurate

Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs
Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs
Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has criticised Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic as 'inaccurate'.

However, he has praised Michael Fassbender's performance saying he captured the "brilliance" of the late Jobs.

Speaking to Bloomberg TV Wozniak said that events played out quite different to how they are portrayed in the final cut of the movie.

"Everything in the movie didn't happen," he said. "Every scene that I'm in, I wasn't talking to Steve Jobs at those events."

Steve Wozniak
Steve Wozniak
Messianic: Steve Jobs
Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California
The first official poster of Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs

Wozniak had several meetings with Seth Rogen, who portrays him in the movie.

"It's the artistic freedom to make a movie that is enjoyable," he said.

"We had meetings on multiple occasions… tiny, tiny bits that were somewhere else kind of got used by him and painted by him in a different way and a different place."

Wozniak is not the first key character to claim the film is inaccurate.  Both Jony Ive, Apple's design head, and current CEO Tim Cook have both criticised the film.

At a Vanity Fair conference in San Francisco recently Ive said he was upset that Jobs' legacy has been "hijacked...I don't recognize this person at all."

Former Mac software engineer Andy Herzfeld told Recode recently, "It deviates from reality everywhere -- almost nothing in it is like it really happened.

"But ultimately that doesn't matter that much. The purpose of the film is to entertain, inspire and move the audience, not to portray reality. It is cavalier about the facts but aspires to explore and expose the deeper truths behind Steve's unusual personality and behavior, and it often but not always succeeds at that."

Both Danny Boyle and Sorkin have repeatedly said they never intended the film to be a straight biopic.  They said they were going for an Impressionistic "painting" of Jobs rather than a "photo."

The film, which releases on November 13, stars Fassbender as Jobs, is directed by Boyle, and the screenplay is written by Aaron Sorkin who previously wrote the screenplays for The Social Network, Charlie Wilson's War and hit TV series The West Wing.

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