Poor opening weekend showing for ‘Jobs’ after Woz criticized Kutcher’s misrepresentation
Ashton Kutcher’s portrayal of Steve Jobs in their recent movie Jobs didn’t quite make the cut for many critics. The movie racked in less than $7 million during opening weekend, well shy of the $8 to $9 million goal set by the film’s distributor Open Road Films.
After seeing the movie, Steve Wozniak blatantly stated that the misconstrued reenactment of Jobs’ life and the people in it made it hard for “Woz” to recommend the movie to others.
“I felt bad for many people I know well who were portrayed wrongly in their interactions with Jobs and the company,” Woz stated in his review. “I’m grateful to Steve for his excellence in the i-era, and his contribution to my own life of enjoying great products, but this movie portrays him having had those skills in earlier times.”
The movie cost somewhere around $12 million to produce, and worst comes to worst the movie will break even after all the digital sales and TV licensing are finalized.
Sony will also out a movie based on Jobs’ life, which Aaron Sorkin will script with Woz as the adviser, so it will be interesting to see how differently the second take of Jobs’ life will be like.
With many of Jobs’ families, friends, friend-nemies, fanboys, and enemies still around, it’s a daunting and arduous task to construct a biopic that will satisfy everyone’s vision of Apple’s co-founder.