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Steve Wozniak On Jobs Trailer: Steve Was No “Saint”

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The first trailer for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic Jobs (yes, it’s no longer jOBS) was released this week, and fellow Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is… alright with it. Though not as negative as his previous assessments of the project, Woz’s latest comments show he is concerned about the movie portraying Jobs too positively, especially in the early years of Apple.

Writing to Jesus Diaz at Gawker, Wozniak explained his concerns:

I have a little bug in me that says that this movie will portray Steve as a saint who was ignored, rather than one of the key people who led Apple through failure after failure… while the revenues poured in from the Apple… that Jobs was trying to kill. It’s nice to have the luxury to fail. The Macintosh market was created in the 3 years after Jobs left, with a lot of effort, by some who Jobs disdains.

I think Woz was saying that Jobs led Apple into failure after failure in those earlier years, while attacking the people and ventures that paid for his own projects.

Wozniak says that it wasn’t until Jobs returned to Apple ten years after being fired that he was regarded as “the saint and god we now recognize,” and acknowledges Jobs’ many achievements in his later years. Wozniak says Jobs was “more experienced and more thoughtful and more capable of running Apple in those later years.”

As for himself in the movie, Woz says he is “ok” with how the trailer shows him, “unlike [with] the first preview.”

Wozniak is probably referring to a clip of the film released last January, where Jobs (played by Ashton Kutcher) tries to convince Woz (Josh Gad) that Woz’s computer work may have a revolutionary impact on society. The real Woz said the clip got the personalities all wrong, and that Jobs was just trying to make money at that point in their lives.

[via CultOfMac]

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