Yesterday we brought you news that none other than Ashton Kutcher had been selected to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming independent biopic simply called Jobs. Though initial reports (which came out on Sunday) were thought to be an April Fool’s Day prank, it quickly became apparent that this was real. Kutcher is indeed slated to play Jobs in the film, which begins filming in May, once Two and a Half Men wraps for the summer.
Reactions to the news were mixed, to say the least. Many praised the decision, in no small part because of the undeniable – and borderline uncanny – resemblance between Kutcher and Jobs. Others can’t help but associate Kutcher with things like Punk’d or Dude Where’s My Car?
At least one person, however, is very pleased with the casting choice. Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple along with Jobs, told TMZ today that he approved of the choice of Kutcher to play his former partner and friend. He dismissed speculation that Kutcher was chosen “because he’s ‘hot’ right now,” and said that he expected Kutcher to do well with the role. Check out Wozniak’s statement in full below:
“There is probably little I can say, other than expressing my belief that this will be a great and popular film. I feel that Pirates of Silicon Valley was more interesting and grabbing and gets more play in schools of all levels than The Social Network. My hopes are that this film turns out as truthful and genuine as possible. I can’t judge that aspect until the film is done and I see it.
As to the role of Steve Jobs I have little to say. Everyone has their own idea of who they think could play Steve the best. But when we started Apple at our young ages I decided not to put my nose and comments into every aspect of the company, like the color of boxes or the job responsibilities for a team. I would not step on the toes of people who had done these jobs for many years or decades. I would just do my engineering where I could not fail. So I look at the casting agencies and directors who are experts at casting. i trust that they considered all the relevant factors and made the best selection.
The fear that many might have is that Ashton was selected because he’s ‘hot’ right now. But I feel that his selection was done in the most professional manner. And I’m glad that he’s onboard. I think he’ll put a lot into it and that he cares about this particular subject.
It’s almost too bad that Steve Jobs is gone. His opinions and guidance, as to the story and film crew and cast would have been invaluable.”
– Steve Wozniak
So, that just leaves one burning question: Who will play Woz?
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