Jobs, the long-awaited Steve Jobs biopic was released in theaters this week and so far most of the critics’ reviews have ranged from mediocre to mean. New York Times film critic Manohla Dargis said the film about Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) co-founder had “all the sex appeal of a PowerPoint presentation.”
Although director Joshua Michael Stern’s movie doesn’t purport to be an accurate historical record of Jobs’s life, it is interesting to note the critical opinions of the real people who the film’s supporting characters are based on. In an exclusive interview, Slashdot sought out the opinions of two early Apple employees about the cinematic portrayal of their former co-worker.
Daniel Kottke and Bill Fernandez were two of the earliest employees of Apple Computer and knew Steve Jobs during the nascent period that is portrayed in the film. Kottke assembled and tested Apple computers and Fernandez developed user interfaces.
Kottke, who was a consultant on the film, said he had “no complaints with his [Ashton Kutcher’s] portrayal of Jobs.” However, he did feel that Apple’s other co-founder, Steve Wozniak, got short shrift in the film.
Wozniak is unsympathetically portrayed as being at odds with Jobs’s vision in the film. Kottke notes that this portrayal of Woz “is really unfair.” He also notes that, “Woz’s sense of humor is completely missing. Which is a big part of his life.”
Steve Wozniak reportedly hasn’t yet seen the film yet but shared his opinion with Gizmodo after seeing an early trailer. “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,” Woz told Gizmodo.
Kottke said that Wozniak told him that “If I see it at all, I’m going to have to see it alone.” On the other hand, Fernandez doesn’t sound like he will ever watch the film.
After stating that he doesn’t “want to see someone else playing Jobs,” Fernandez later admits that “part of why I don’t want to see it, because the whole thing is a work of fiction, and I don’t want to be upset by all the things that the screenwriter has invented and don’t represent the truth.”
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