(The Hosting News) – With bad reviews and a disappointing box office debut, those aren’t the only problems that the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher faces. Apple insiders including the company’s co-founder, Steve Wozniak, have also questioned the film’s portrayal of what actually happened.
While admitting that “acting throughout was good,” Wozniak recently wrote in a review for Gizmodo that the movie had a lot of things wrong with it.
Kutcher and Wozniak now appear to be in some kind of war of words.
“I suspect a lot of what was wrong with the film came from Ashton’s own image of Jobs. Ashton made some disingenuous and wrong statements about me recently (including my supposedly having said that the ‘movie’ was bad, which was probably Ashton believing pop press headlines) and that I didn’t like the movie because I’m paid to consult on another one,” Wozniak explained via the report.
The Apple co-founder also pointed out that he couldn’t consult for the biopic because the script had already been written.
One example of the film’s inaccuracies pertained to early company stock options. “When Apple decided not to reward early friends who helped, I gave them large blocks of my own stock. Because it was right. And I made it possible for 80 other employees to get some stock prior to the IPO so they could participate in the wealth,” Wozniak stated.
Ashton Kutcher, meanwhile, has defended the film, noting Wozniak’s work with the other title. “It’s personal for him, but it’s also business. We have to keep that in mind. He was also extremely unavailable to us when producing this film. He’s a brilliant man and I respect his work, but he wasn’t available to us as a resource, so his account isn’t going to be our account because we don’t know exactly what it was. We did the best job we could. Nobody really knows what happened in the rooms,” commented Kutcher to the AP, according to a report from The Guardian.
Wozniak is hardly the first Apple insider to point out the movie’s flaws. Others including former Apple employee Daniel Kottke have echoed similar complaints.
Whatever the case, the reviews are in and the consensus on Jobs? It’s a pretty bad movie, at least according to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes where just 26% of the movie’s 90 reviews were considered positive.
Despite debuting just last Friday, Jobs currently holds the #7 spot as the U.S. box office.