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Woz: Jobs will be remembered for his vision and 'negative personality'

In a short video clip released by Universal Pictures, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reminisces about "Steve Jobs Zero."

Apple co-founders Steve Wozniak (played by Seth Rogen, left) and Steve Jobs (played by Michael Fassbender) didn't always see eye-to-eye, as depicted in the new film by Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle. Universal Pictures

Steve Jobs was a genius, but he wasn't always a very nice guy. People are going to remember him for both qualities, his fellow Apple co-founder said.

"I think history's going to remember him as one of those great technical leaders of all time, just like Edison," Steve Wozniak, the technical brains behind the founding of Apple, said in a short video clip released by Universal Pictures on Thursday. The studio created the new "Steve Jobs" movie. "He might also be remembered for his negative personality. I think that's going to go with his legacy forever, but he led the world in the future and everyone else then would follow once they saw it."

"Steve Jobs" is a cinematic portrait of the man who, with Macs, iPhones and iPads, was instrumental in bringing computers to everyday people. The movie opened in New York and Los Angeles last week and will hit theaters globally in the coming weeks. Aaron Sorkin of TV's "The West Wing" and feature film "The Social Network" penned the screenplay, while Danny Boyle of "Slumdog Millionaire" directed.

Sorkin has said many times that he didn't want to create a biopic that followed Jobs, played by Michael Fassbender, from "cradle to grave." Instead, the film depicts three key product launches in Jobs' life: the unveiling of the first Macintosh computer, in 1984; the introduction of the NeXT computer, in 1988; and the launch of the iMac, in 1998. Tying them all together as the "emotional center" of the film is Jobs' relationship with his eldest daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, whose paternity the famous technologist once disputed.

Another key plot point is Jobs' relationship with his Apple coworkers, including Wozniak. The two were close friends before starting the company, but they didn't always agree. In one famous instance, Jobs refused to give stock options to some early employees. Wozniak ended up giving those workers some of his own shares, about $10 million worth because "it was the right thing" to do, he said in a Google+ post about the 2013 film about Jobs that featured Ashton Kutcher.

Woz criticized the 2013 film but has said Sorkin's take gets it right when it comes to Jobs.

"I think about a part of Steve Jobs that almost nobody knows, which is Steve Jobs Zero, I call it," Wozniak said in the clip. "It was Steve Jobs before we started Apple. The fun times we had, the pranks we played, the laughter. He really quite a bit manipulated his own legacy."

In a made-up exchange in the film, Wozniak, played by Rogen, asks Jobs what he does. "You're not an engineer," he said. "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, "Musicians play their instruments. I play the orchestra."

While that scene didn't happen, it captured the Jobs that Wozniak knew.

"More than anything else, Steve Jobs wanted to be the person known for it all," Wozniak said in the clip.

"Steve Jobs" opens in US theaters on October 23 and in the UK on November 13. It's scheduled for release in Australia on January 14 2016.