It takes a lot to get Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak upset – after all he forgave Steve Jobs many times over.
However, he thinks that the Ashton Kutcher biopic about Jobs is riddled with inaccuracies and appears to be doing his best to discredit the flick.
But Kutcher said that Woz is just disparaging the film because he’s being paid to consult on a different Jobs film. That made Woz even more cross, saying that Kutcher has made ‘disingenuous’ and ‘wrong’ statements about him.
The spat over the newly-released biopic, titled Jobs, has played out in the columns of the tabloids.
Kutcher plays the tech “visionary” in the film, about which Wozniak has posted his own unsolicited review on Gizmodo.
The flick follows Jobs from his days as a college drop-out to the release of the iPod in 2001. Woz says it is ‘fiction’ but the public says it is boring. The film only opened in the US over the weekend, but has already garnered lukewarm reviews.
Ashton claims that since Woz is being paid by another studio to put out its own Jobs movie it is not really his fault. Woz was ‘extremely unavailable for us when producing this film’.
Woz hit back that Kutcher’s film had already been written – making his consultation unnecessary and he was ‘turned off’ by the Jobs script.
Woz was miffed by the inference that he would slander the film for money.
He was also cross that an important part of Apple history wasn’t included in the film.
Apple decided not to reward early friends who helped, so he gave them large blocks of his own stock. This made it possible for 80 other employees to get some stock prior to the IPO so they could participate in the wealth.
Woz is not the only one who has challenged the film’s accuracy. He felt bad for many people who were portrayed wrongly in their interactions with Jobs and the company.
The problem was that the film was too easy on Jobs and played up to the myth that he was a tech genius and businessman extraordinaire from the very beginning.
Woz blames everything on Kutcher who is an Apple fanboy and who has admitted that he cried the day Jobs died and that he ‘loved a man he never knew’.
Wozniak praised the performances of some of the actors, which is the flick’s saving grace.
“I was attentive and entertained but not greatly enough to recommend the movie,’ Wozniak wrote.