In Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen) faces off against Michael Fassbender’s Jobs multiple times, criticizing the Apple co-founder in a series of emotional confrontations. The thing is, those scenes never actually happened.
The real Woz sat down with Bloomberg to discuss the film and how although the film captures the spirit of Jobs and his time at Apple, many of the scenes are invented.
“Maybe everything in the movie didn’t happen, but they’re all based on things that did happen,” Wozniak told Bloomberg. “Everything I say, every scene that I’m in, I wasn’t talking to Steve Jobs at those events. I don’t even say things like that, and I didn’t say them, but they were based upon [reality].”
Wozniak goes on to explain how certain scenes, like his own confrontation with Jobs or the scenes between Jobs and Apple CEO John Sculley, never happened. But even though the movie isn’t an accurate depiction of what exactly occurred, Wozniak still says he enjoyed it, praising Rogen and Fassbender especially.
“This movie was just top-notch professional,” Wozniak said. “The script, the words they said, how well the actors played it, and the cinematography — following them along through the halls. I wasn’t familiar with Aaron Sorkin’s work because I don’t watch television, so this was the first time I saw it. Unbelievable to me.”
“If Steve Jobs were making movies as his product, this is the quality he would’ve had, absolutely,” he added.
Although Wozniak met with Sorkin and Rogen multiple times to discuss his time with Jobs, he said he didn’t even look at the script Sorkin wrote. “I didn’t feel it was appropriate for somebody that’s in a movie to look at a script and say, ‘No, it didn’t happen this way,’ because it’s [Sorkin’s] art,” Wozniak said.
“He’s an amazing guy, and you don’t often get to meet the guy who invented personal computers,” Rogen told EW about meeting with Wozniak. “I didn’t know that he is literally the one who conceived of the notion that computers are something that a regular person could have. That was purely born out of his own selfish desire to own a computer for himself, but I didn’t realize that’s how it all came to be — just a nerd wanted a computer.”
Steve Jobs opened in limited release on Oct. 9 and will open wide on Oct. 23. Watch the full interview with Wozniak at Bloomberg.