is one of those actors who, much like , sometimes seems to be so enamored with himself and his self-perceived brilliance that he has the tendency to turn fans completely off. His latest endeavor, jOBS, has been met with so-so reviews from critics, with some praising it, some damning it, and most offering an indifferent "meh".
But the harshest criticism of the film and Kutcher's abilities has come from none other than Apple co-founder himself, Steve Wozniak. In short, he was not impressed with the film, nor Kutcher's portrayal of his long-time friend and partner, Steve Jobs. Not impressed at all, as he revealed in the comments section of the Gizmodo review of the film.
I saw 'Jobs' tonight. I thought the acting throughout was good. I was attentive and entertained but not greatly enough to recommend the movie...I suspect a lot of what was wrong with the film came from Ashton's own image of Jobs.
Kutcher also caused a bit of controversy when he stated that Wozniak was being paid to criticize jOBS (Seriously, Ashton? Woz has a net worth of $100 million [Source: Celebrity Net Worth] - he doesn't need to be paid for anything the rest of his life twice over), and Wozniak addressed that as well, calling Kutcher's statements "disingenuous and wrong.":
These are examples of Ashton still being in character... I was turned off by the 'Jobs' script. But I still hoped for a great movie.
In case you were wondering, this isn't the first time Wozniak has publicly blasted the film, telling Bloomberg previously
I didn't like seeing a lot of people I know not get the respect they deserve.
Yikes. That's some damning criticism from a man who knew both Steve Jobs and Apple as well as he knew his own face in the mirror. Coming from a random movie reviewer, it might be easy to dismiss the criticism as nothing more than a person who doesn't understand. But Steve Wozniak was an integral part of Apple's origin story and triumph, being portrayed in the film by , and if he says it's a bad portrayal, well, I'm inclined to believe him.
For Woz's full Gizmodo review, you can click here.
Have you seen jOBS yet? What did you think? Or do you have no desire to see this at all? I admit to not being an Apple user or Steve Jobs fangirl, and the addition of Ashton Kutcher to the mix completely killed any lingering curiosity I had to see the film, but I realize I'm probably in the minority here and so I'd like to hear your thoughts. Sound off in the comments below.
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