Although he doesn’t recognize himself in the trailer of the forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic, Steve Wozniak doesn’t mind. Actually, the movie isn’t a documentary: it’s the creative work of the producer, the writer, the actors, the director, and others taking part in the creation process, he says (via Bloomberg).
His comments come to add some spice to the recently aired trailer, which doesn’t necessarily present Steve Jobs’ “better side”: he is pictured as someone who takes credit for his employees’ work, disavows his daughter, and more.
The trailer shows dialogue between Wozniak and Jobs (played by Seth Rogen and Michael Fassbender) that never happened in reality, he says. And by the way, he wouldn’t talk like that, he emphasized.
“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.” “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.”
“What do you do? You’re not an engineer,” Rogen’s character says in the clip. “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?”
Meanwhile, it’s important to note that Wozniak did consult with Aaron Sorkin, who scripted the movie based on Walter Isaacson’s biography. Apple, by the way, has distanced itself from that book lately, claiming that the new biography shows a more accurate image of the co-founder.
But there is one word that explains why everything is so different on the screen compared to reality: Hollywood. So when you watch a movie like this, you don’t necessarily go for accuracy. That’s only a secondary element of such a movie.
And there is another thing that Wozniak points out very well: even people who attend the same events remember things differently. What really matters is the “overall meaning.”