JOBS (yes the “j” is gone now) premiers at Sundance tomorrow and word came last night that the movie would hit theaters on April 19th. You don’t have to wait any longer though to see how Ashton Kutcher plays Steve Jobs (or Josh Gad Woz) because the first clip has been released. Now we can judge for ourselves.
Updated with info/commentary from Woz.
I don’t know whether Apple fans have been dreading this moment or not, but it’s here. The first real look at how Ashton Kutcher plays Steve Jobs:
In the scene Steve and Woz are talking about Woz’s new operating system. Steve, as we’d expect, sees what it could mean (and will mean) to the world. Woz isn’t so sure and so se get this exchange:
“Nobody wants to buy a computer,” says Wozniak.
“How does somebody know what they want if they’ve never even seen it?” Jobs replies.
Whether Steve Jobs said that line at that moment isn’t important, but if the movie was trying to capture Jobs’ vision and belief that people don’t often really know what they want, they succeed there.
We also know that we’ll be able to see the movie for ourselves when it hits theaters April 19th. The early buzz from Sundance could sink this movie before it even hits theaters, but we’ll have to wait just a little longer for that.
As for Ashton Kutcher’s performance, I’ll leave that for the comments to discuss…
Woz left this comment over on Gizmodo’s post:
Not close…we never had such interaction and roles…I’m not even sure what it’s getting at…personalities are very wrong although mine is closer…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.
To which Gizmodo author Jesus Diaz says regarding the movie:
So, in fact, it was precisely the contrary. Woz knew the value of these machines, the democratization of technology. Steve learned about it later.
So while the movie may be good enough to watch, it looks like it will be pretty inaccurate. I wonder about what other poppycock they will be pulling out of their asses.