“Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak has given his first in-depth interview about the forthcoming Steve Jobs movie. Woz – as he’s commonly known – acted as a consultant to Danny Boyle’s film after refusing to be involved in an earlier biopic,” Leo Kelion reports for BBC News. “The movie is already being tipped for awards glory after a rough cut was shown to the public last weekend, ahead of its official premiere in October. The movie’s scriptwriter is Aaron Sorkin.”
“Some wondered what Woz would make of the new film after he expressed mixed feelings about the way its trailer showed him angrily challenging Steve Jobs to his face in its trailer,” Kelion reports. “But, as he told the BBC, he is more than satisfied with the outcome.”
I’ve actually seen two rough cuts. My impression was I was shocked and amazed at how good it was in the sense of professional filmmaking. I usually go to a movie not looking for “do I like the story” as much as: “What is the quality that came out of the heads of the people that made it?” In this case the filmmakers have done an award-winning job. The acting was just so realistic. In some prior movies, I saw [the actors] simulating Steve Jobs, but they didn’t really make me feel like I was in his head understanding what was going on inside of him – his personality. This movie absolutely accomplishes that, and it’s due to great acting, which obviously comes from great directing. — Appel co-founder Steve Wozniak
Tons more in the full interview here.
MacDailyNews Take: Best Picture.
Regarding Sorkin’s “stolen GUI” line:
For more than a decade now, I’ve listened to the debate about where the Macintosh user interface came from. Most people assume it came directly from Xerox, after Steve Jobs went to visit Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center). This “fact” is reported over and over, by people who don’t know better (and also by people who should!). Unfortunately, it just isn’t true – there are some similarities between the Apple interface and the various interfaces on Xerox systems, but the differences are substantial. — Bruce Horn, a member of the original Apple Macintosh design team and the creator of the Macintosh Finder
Read more in the full article, “On Xerox, Apple and Progress,” here.
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