Ashton Kutcher (Steve Jobs) and Josh Gad (Steve Wozniak) will debut their new biopic, JOBS, on August 16, and now they are sitting down to talk about the highly anticipated flick.
The biopic follows Steve Jobs as he founds Apple in his garage and then loses control of the very company he built. Jobs would of course return years later to regain control of Apple and quickly turn it into the most profitable tech company in the world.
According to Gad:
“We’re taking on two people who are enormously important, who are still a part of the cultural zeitgeist, one of whom is still living and breathing. So we didn’t take that lightly.”
Ashton says the most difficult part of taking on the role was learning how to operate as a man who was hated by one group of people and loved by another. Steve Jobs’ polarizing figure is legendary in the tech and business worlds. Kutcher says of the role:
“He was a polarizing character. He had a 95 percent approval rating from his employees but he would berate somebody for doing something wrong. I wanted to tell that story honestly in a way that both sides said ‘Yeah, that was Steve.’ ”
Ashton Kutcher is no stranger to the tech world, having invested millions of dollars in startups and established tech firms.
The men even opened up about Steve Wozniak turning down a mentoring role in the movie and instead becoming “tutor” for Aaron Sorkin’s Jobs film. According to Gad:
“I think we successfully let Woz function the way he wanted him to, which was to be Steve’s conscience. He is the Jiminy Cricket of the story.”
Kutcher even says the Steve Jobs role has made his a better investor and overall entrepreneur:
“The biggest thing I’ve drawn from this that I can share with entrepreneurs is a focus on making this thing so intuitively dumb. A lot of engineers are the most brilliant people you know, and they think it’s easy to figure it out. But it’s easy because they made it. It needs to be so simple that everyone can use it or otherwise it’s not ubiquitous and it’s not accessible.”
Do you think Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad are capable of pulling off a biopic about such an iconic person?