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Wozniak slams scene in Kutcher's 'Jobs' biopic

Apple co-founder caught a glimpse of the movie's first scene and proclaims that it is "not close" and "totally wrong."

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Ashton Kutcher as Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Sundance

Probably only a handful of people know what Steve Jobs was really like. And one of them is Apple co-founder and longtime friend Steve Wozniak.

After watching the first publicized clip from the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher, Wozniak has said it's all wrong, according to Gizmodo.

"Not close...we never had such interaction and roles...I'm not even sure what it's getting at...," he wrote to Gizmodo.

The movie, titled "Jobs," is about Jobs' life from the 1970s through the 1990s. The cast of characters includes Josh Gad as Wozniak, Matthew Modine as former Apple CEO John Sculley, and "The Help" star Ahna O'Reilly playing Chris-Ann Brennan, Jobs' girlfriend.

The first scene of the film was previewed on Entertainment Tonight yesterday. It shows Kutcher/Jobs heartwarmingly trying to persuade Gad/Wozniak to take the idea of the "operating system" to the public. Gad/Wozniak replies, "Nobody wants to buy a computer. Nobody."

Wozniak goes into length with Gizmodo about how the clip was inaccurate. Here's what he said:

Totally wrong. Personalities and where the ideas of computers affecting society did not come from Jobs. They inspired me and were widely spoken at the Homebrew Computer Club. Steve came back from Oregon and came to a club meeting and didn't start talking about this great social impact. His idea was to make a $20 PC board and sell it for $40 to help people at the club build the computer I'd given away. Steve came from selling surplus parts at HalTed he always saw a way to make a quick buck off my designs (this was the 5th time).

The lofty talk came much further down the line.

I never looked like a professional. We were both kids. Our relationship was so different than what was portrayed. I'm embarrassed but if the movie is fun and entertaining, all the better. Anyone who reads my book iWoz can get a clearer picture.

"Jobs" is set to debut on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It will hit theaters on April 19.