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The race to make the first Steve Jobs biopic was technically won by Funny or Die, but that doesn't mean the tension between the other two Jobs films has let up.
Joshua Michael Stern's "Jobs" comes out Friday, which means it's high time to ask Ashton Kutcher what he thinks about the criticisms lobbed at his film by Steve Wozniak, Apple's co-founder and Jobs's collaborator and colleague. Although Woz did give Kutcher his blessing to play Jobs, it seems the innovative engineer isn't too thrilled with what he's seen of "Jobs" so far.
After watching the first clip, Wozniak wrote in an email to Gizmodo, "I never looked like a professional. We were both kids. Our relationship was so different than what was portrayed. I'm embarrassed but if the movie is fun and entertaining, all the better. Anyone who reads my book 'iWoz' can get a clearer picture." He's since elaborated, with concerns that Jobs would be portrayed as "a saint," saying, "We truly could have used the later Jobs in earlier years at Apple, is what I feel."
Kutcher responded to Woz's criticisms in a recent video interview with co-star Josh Gad, who plays the bearded programmer, kicking things off by bringing up Woz's work as a consultant on the other film. "Steve Wozniak is being paid by another movie studio to help support their Steve Jobs film, so he's gonna have an opinion that is connected to that, somewhat," Kutcher noted, adding that "the biggest criticism that I've ultimately heard is that he wanted it to be represented -- his contribution to Apple -- fairly. And, in all fairness, the movie's called 'Jobs.' And it's about Steve Jobs and the legacy of Steve Jobs, and so I think it focuses more ... on what his contribution to Apple was."
That's true, but it seems understandable that Wozniak would want his contributions fairly represented in a movie that spends most of its time on the career of a man whose legacy is built on more than just iPods and iPhones and iPads, but on the company he started in his garage with Wozniak.
Kutcher revealed that other folks from the "original Mac team" have told him they enjoyed the movie and its vision. "They came to us after watching it and said, 'If that exact conversation didn't happen, or didn't happen exactly that way, we know at some point in time there was something a lot like that that took place.' And so they felt good about it, and so at the end of the day, I hope [Wozniak] feels the same," Kutcher said.
For the record, Moviefone's interview with the actor didn't include any questions about Wozniak because we were too busy talking about thought crimes and the NSA and why it's okay to trust Facebook.