Steve Jobs: Steve Wozniak gives his verdict on new Michael Fassbender film and reveals he 'almost cried' at times

Wozniak understands that 'accuracy is second to entertainment' in the movies

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Apple's co-founder has revealed that he "felt a lot of the real Jobs" in the first trailer for Danny Boyle's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic.

Steve Wozniak gave his verdict on the new clip, which stars Michael Fassbender as late tech pioneer Jobs and Seth Rogen as himself.

The 64-year-old said that although he did not see his true self reflected in Rogen's performance, Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin's script is on the right lines.

One dramatic scene from the trailer sees Wozniak shout at Jobs: "What do you do? You're not an engineer. You're not a designer. You can't put a hammer to a nail. I built the circuit board. The graphical interface was stolen. So how come, 10 times in a day, I read Steve Jobs is a genius? What do you do?"

Jobs responds belligerently: "Musicians play the instruments. I play the orchestra."

But according to Wozniak, he "never made comments to the effect that I had credit taken from me". "I don't talk that way," he told Bloomberg via email. "I would never accuse the graphical interface of being stolen. The lines I heard spoken were not things I would say but carried the right message, at least partly. I felt a lot of the real Jobs in the trailer, although a bit exaggerated."

Wozniak added that he "almost cried" remembering when Jobs refused to acknowledge his child Lisa Brennan-Jobs even after a paternity test in the late Seventies proved that he was her father. The incident is touched upon in the teaser.

Wozniak had dinner with Rogen to help him prepare for the role, and also spoke to Sorkin about his screenplay. He asked not to see the script, however, as he felt it would not be appropriate.

"It is the creative work of the producer and writer and actors and directors and others," he said. "Accuracy is second to entertainment in a movie like this."

Jobs is given a far from flattering portrayal in the movie, judging by the trailer. The film follows the tech entrepreneur through the launches of three Apple products, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.

Wozniak is looking forward to seeing the film when it reaches cinemas later this year - 9 October in the US and 13 November in the UK).

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