Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says the film "jOBS," a biopic on the late Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher, gets the story "totally wrong."
Wozniak came to this conclusion, he told Gizmodo, after watching a clip of the flick that surfaced online this week showing 34-year-old Kutcher as Jobs, trying to convince Wozniak, his computer wiz partner (played by "The Book of Mormon's" Josh Gad), about the intrinsic societal value of his designs.
"Not close ... we never had such interaction and roles," Wozniak wrote to the site. "I'm not even sure what it's getting at. Personalities are very wrong, although mine is closer."
The 62-year-old engineer and programmer argued that the scene essentially got
"Totally wrong," Woz explained further in an email. "Personalities and ... the ideas of computers affecting society did not come from Jobs. They inspired me and were widely spoken at the Homebrew Computer Club (of which he was a member). Steve came back from Oregon and came to a club meeting and didn't start talking about this great social impact."
Wozniak said Jobs initially had a less grandiose vision.
"His idea was to make a $20 PC board and sell it for $40 to help people at the club build the computer I'd given away," recalled the computer scientist. "The lofty talk came much further down the line."
As for how he's portrayed
"I never looked like a professional. We were both kids. Our relationship was so different from what was portrayed. I'm embarrassed, but if the movie is fun and entertaining, all the better," he said.
But Wozniak is not dismissing "jOBS" outright -- yet. He noted that he only saw one clip -- even though it's an invented scene -- and said if the "the meaning portrayed is correct" then "jOBS" could still be "very good."
"jOBS" screens Jan. 25 at Sundance Film Festival. It opens in theaters April 19.