“On the eve of its opening in New York and Los Angeles, Universal Pictures has released… [a] 2:20-minute scene in the second act where Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen) tells Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) that his NeXT workstation will be the single biggest failure in the history of personal computing,” Philip Elmer-DeWitt reports for Fortune.
“One caution: We all know that Apple didn’t steal the Mac’s graphical user interface from Xerox PARC,” P.E.D. reports. “It’s one of many places where Aaron Sorkin’s script departs from reality for dramatic effect. Try not to let that spoil the movie for you.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Great, now everyone including many who’ve been educated about this fallacy and future generations will believe “Apple stole the GUI” because some screenwriter chose confrontational dialog over the actual truth, when a less lazy writer could easily have provided both.
Putting that lie into Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s mouth is not artistic license, it’s historical malfeasance.
Yes, we understand artistic license. We also understand how fictions can be implanted as facts, and even be forced to become facts, by Hollywood movies. There never was a bridge on the River Kwai, but there is now (kinda, sorta), thanks to a Hollywood movie that made up that “fact.” — MacDailyNews Take, October 8, 2015
Aaron Sorkin is a lazy writer who recycles his sententious dialog with shocking regularity:
The Steve Jobs in ‘Steve Jobs’ is a fictional character invented by Aaron Sorkin – October 8, 2015
Jony Ive joins chorus of insiders’ complaints about new ‘Steve Jobs’ movie – October 8, 2015
The Strange Saga of ‘Steve Jobs’: A widow’s threats, high-powered spats and the Sony hack – October 7, 2015
‘Steve Jobs’ director Danny Boyle warns of ‘tremendous, terrifying power’ of tech giants like Apple – October 7, 2015
Forbes reviews ‘Steve Jobs’: ‘An electrifying interpretive dance of abstract biographical cinema’ – October 7, 2015
Steve Jobs’ daughter Lisa skips movie screening, but parties with cast – October 7, 2015
Philip Elmer-DeWitt reviews ‘Steve Jobs’ movie: ‘I loved it’ – October 7, 2015
Aaron Sorkin: Steve Jobs just wanted to be loved – October 6, 2015
The ‘Steve Jobs’ movie that Sony, DiCaprio, and Bale didn’t want is now an Oscar favorite – October 6, 2015
Michael Fassbender already the odds-on favorite to win an Oscar for ‘Steve Jobs’ – October 5, 2015
Steve Jobs’ widow and friends take aim at Hollywood over ‘Steve Jobs’ biopic – October 5, 2015
‘Steve Jobs’ biopic too nasty to win Best Picture award – October 2, 2015
Andy Hertzfeld: ‘Steve Jobs’ movie ‘deviates from reality everywhere’ but ‘aspires to explore and expose the deeper truths’ – October 2, 2015
Aaron Sorkin blasts Apple’s Tim Cook over ‘Steve Jobs’ critique: ‘You’ve got a lot of nerve’ – September 25, 2015