[Movies] Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad Address Claims of Inaccuracy in Steve Jobs Biopic
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.31.2013
Apple co-founder says the film isn't true...
Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad has responded to claims by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak that jOBS, their biopic of Steve Jobs, inaccurately depicts the relationship between the two. IGN reports that Kutcher spot at the opening keynote to the MacWorld expo in San Francisco, about the film's need to balance the demands of an accurate portrayal against serving the larger narrative. Kutcher noted that there was a lot of research that went into film, including culling information from personal accounts of former Apple employees, reviewing "hundreds of hours" of footage and audio and feedback from many of Jobs' colleagues.
"We weren't there," said Kutcher. "And part of filmmaking is you have to make a narrative that plays. When you look at these earliest, intimate moments of the company, there was probably no one else there...[Steve Jobs] is a person that we have a daily reminder of that we hold in our hand. Playing that guy that everyone is going to have judgment of and criticize was scary. But we had to figure out a way to keep the integrity of the man and the story, but also overcome that fear."
Josh Gad also spoke about it, saying, "I adore Steve Wozniak. I hope that when he sees the movie in its entirety that he'll understand that we went through great lengths to preserve that legacy. But there will always be debates about what we got right and what we got wrong."