The Oscar-nominated Irish actor Michael Fassbender’s portrayal of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is that of a narcissistic megalomaniac who made everyone miserable.
The first trailer for the film is out and if the film follows its main theme then Jobs image of a saint and a genius is well and truly tarnished.
For example it has Steve Wozniak telling Jobs: “What do you do? You’re not an engineer. You’re not a designer. You can’t put a hammer to a nail. I built the circuit board. The graphical interface was stolen. So how come, 10 times in a day, I read Steve Jobs is a genius? What do you do?”
The Tame Apple Press thought that Woz might have a thing or two to say about that and sure enough he did.
“I don’t talk that way,” Wozniak said in an e-mailed response to questions. “I would never accuse the graphical interface of being stolen. I never made comments to the effect that I had credit (genius) taken from me.”
But then he added: “The lines I heard spoken were not things I would say but carried the right message, at least partly,” he said. “I felt a lot of the real Jobs in the trailer, although a bit exaggerated.”
This flick was written by The Social Network’s Aaron Sorkin, the film is based on Walter Isaacson’s biography about Jobs and stars Kate Winslet stars opposite Fassbender as co-worker Joanna Hoffman. Seth Rogen plays his business partner Steve Wozniak and Jeff Daniels appears as former Apple president John Scully.
Winslet’s character accuses him of “alienating people for no reason” and shows how Jobs refused for many years to acknowledge or offer financial support to his daughter Lisa.
Woz told Bloomberg that it was hard for him to be quiet, when Jobs refused to acknowledge his child when the money didn’t matter. “I can almost cry remembering it.”
He said films about Apple rarely depict the real events accurately — even people who were there have different memories — although the overall meaning is often correct.
Steve Jobs is due out in UK cinemas in November. Apple fans are furious of course. The film shows them as very stupid people who Jobs played like an accordion.