Stars of the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS, have responded to criticism about the film.
Actors Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad, who play the Apple founders Jobs and Steve Wozniak respectively, were responding to criticism made last week by Wozniak that the sneak peak that was released was inaccurate.
“We weren’t there. And part of filmmaking is you have to make a narrative that plays. When you look at these earliest, intimate moments of the company, there was probably no one else there.”
Kutcher also stated that “significant research” went into the production of the film, including personal accounts from former Apple employees, and also reviewing archival footage and audio, and getting feedback from Jobs’ close colleagues.
“[Steve Jobs] is a person that we have a daily reminder of that we hold in our hand. Playing that guy that everyone is going to have judgment of and criticize was scary. But we had to figure out a way to keep the integrity of the man and the story, but also overcome that fear.”
Gad also commented:
“I adore Steve Wozniak. I hope that when he sees the movie in its entirety that he’ll understand that we went through great lengths to preserve that legacy. But there will always be debates about what we got right and what we got wrong.”
jOBS is due for release on April 19.