Steve Wozniak is glad that Ashton Kutcher is on board to play the late Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic about the tech icon. The Woz, who founded Apple with Steve Jobs (and Ron Wayne), offered a full statement on the project to gossip rag TMZ, saying that he trusts the the professionals who cast the star, and praising Mr. Kutcher’s passion for the project.
Steve Wozniak & Ashton Kutcher
Source for Mr. Kutcher: Wikimedia
Ashton Kutcher is a star of both movies (The Butterfly Effect, Dude, Where’s My Car?) and hit TV shows (That ’70s Show and Two and Half Men). It was announced earlier this week that Mr. Kutcher would play the title role in an independent movie about Steve Jobs called simply Jobs.
As with just about anything relating to Apple, the announcement drew a variety of reactions from fans and critics of Apple, Steve Jobs, and even Mr. Kutcher. Some feel that he lacks the depth to play Steve Jobs, while others think the actor has the chops and enough physical resemblance to pull it off.
Count The Woz in the latter camp, as he told TMZ that, “The fear that many might have is that Ashton was selected because he’s ‘hot’ right now. But I feel that his selection was done in the most professional manner. And I’m glad that he’s onboard. I think he’ll put a lot into it and that he cares about this particular subject.”
He added, “It’s almost too bad that Steve Jobs is gone. His opinions and guidance, as to the story and film crew and cast would have been invaluable.”
In the full statement, included below, he also said that he hoped the movie would be a little closer to Pirates of Silicon Valley, a biopic about the early days of Apple and Microsoft, than The Social Network, a recent big-budget movie about Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg.
The Woz’s full statement:
“There is probably little I can say, other than expressing my belief that this will be a great and popular film. I feel that Pirates of Silicon Valley was more interesting and grabbing and gets more play in schools of all levels than The Social Network. My hopes are that this film turns out as truthful and genuine as possible. I can’t judge that aspect until the film is done and I see it.
As to the role of Steve Jobs I have little to say. Everyone has their own idea of who they think could play Steve the best. But when we started Apple at our young ages I decided not to put my nose and comments into every aspect of the company, like the color of boxes or the job responsibilities for a team. I would not step on the toes of people who had done these jobs for many years or decades. I would just do my engineering where I could not fail. So I look at the casting agencies and directors who are experts at casting. i trust that they considered all the relevant factors and made the best selection.
The fear that many might have is that Ashton was selected because he’s ‘hot’ right now. But I feel that his selection was done in the most professional manner. And I’m glad that he’s onboard. I think he’ll put a lot into it and that he cares about this particular subject.
It’s almost too bad that Steve Jobs is gone. His opinions and guidance, as to the story and film crew and cast would have been invaluable.”
- Steve Wozniak