After "jOBS" was slammed by the real Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak for presenting a "totally wrong" scene in its recently-released footage, filmmakers of the Steve Jobs movie break silence to defend the Ashton Kutcher-starring film. Through a publicist, they insist that the inaccuracies do exist because it is not a documentary pic.
"The film is not a documentary, nor is it meant to be a blow by blow, word for word account of all conversations and events," the rep explains via Entertainment Weekly. "The filmmakers have tremendous admiration and respect for Wozniak and all those that are portrayed in the film, and did extensive research in an effort to make an entertaining accurate film that captures the essence and story of Steve Jobs and those that built Apple with him."
Admitting that there are indeed some historical inaccuracies in the film, the spokesperson says, "The filmmakers acknowledge that not every single thing in the film is a precise representation of what took place," before stressing, "but is feature film entertainment about one of the most important, creative and impactful people [in] our culture's history taking place over three decades [that are] compressed into a two hour film."
"jOBS", which held its red carpet premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on Friday night, January 25, released its very first footage a few days ago. It featured Kutcher's titular character trying to convince Wozniak (portrayed by Josh Gad) about the idea of developing personal computer.
The real Wozniak quickly reacted to the footage, claiming that the scene never took place in real life. "Not close... we never had such interaction and roles...," Woz told Gizmodo. "I'm not even sure what it's getting at... personalities are very wrong although mine is closer..."
He then described what really happened between him and Jobs, "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."
The movie is directed by Joshua Michael Stern with Matt Whiteley penning the script. It details the major moments and defining characters that influenced Steve Jobs on a daily basis from 1971 through 2000.
It also plunges into the depths of his character, creating an intense dialogue-driven story that is as much a sweeping epic as it is an immensely personal portrait of Steve Jobs' life. The filmmakers were granted unprecedented access during shooting to the historic garage in Palo Alto, that served as the birthplace to Apple Inc.
After being screened at Sundance, the film will arrive in the U.S. theaters on April 19, just in time for the 37th anniversary of the founding of the Apple Computer.