The newly-released movie “Jobs” details the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs from his days as a college dropout, through his founding years at Apple and up to the moment where he returned to the company a decade after being ousted.
Ahead of the premiere, director Joshua Michael Stern and actor Josh Gad, who plays another Apple co-founder in the film, Steve Wozniak, sat down with The Washington Post to talk about the movie . We published the bulk of that interview Wednesday, but here are a few more excerpts — specifically on the reaction in the tech industry ahead of the film, and on how Ashton Kutcher’s involvement in tech informed his performance in the title role.
On how Ashton Kutcher’s tech knowledge might have helped him portray Jobs:
Joshua Michael Stern: It was just very recently when I put the pieces together. I was looking at Jobs and how it takes an extreme amount of focus and dedication to have done what he did. And Ashton said when he meets with people about an app, they’re just as obsessed. They live or die on the success of that app. Even if it’s piggybacking on another service or just improves things in a small way, they’re very single-minded about it.
On input and early reaction from the tech industry, ahead of the release, including movie adviser Nolan Bushnell, the video game pioneer and founder of Atari Corp. who turned down Jobs’s early offer of a stake in the fledgling Apple:
JMS: Yes, Nolan came in, and he was a big force. But we also had all those guys in the movie like [early Apple employee Daniel] Kottke, who Jobs went to India with, see it, and they all loved it. [Early Apple employee] Chris Espinosa saw it twice. We had to make a small movie about a big man, shackled to the facts we know and can fall back on. We were not interested in too much conjecture.
Josh Gad: I also think there are so many blanks yet to be filled in. I say it’s like making a movie about JFK a year after his assassination. There’s lots of intricacies we wouldn’t know. For someone as guarded and private as Steve Jobs, in many ways there’s so much more information to come.
On what viewers should take away from the film:
JG:I want it to be inspirational. When so many people are being left behind, the need to be inspired and told: No, there is another avenue to yes. It depends on you.
JMS: There’s a moment where Jobs says that one day you will wake up and realize that the world was created by people no smarter than you. I want people to believe that; we’re so often bound by obstructions and judges.
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