With the upcoming Universal biopic of Steve Jobs now only a week away from release in theaters, more people who worked at Apple are commenting on the film. One of them is Andy Hertzfeld, one of the original Macintosh team members. He says that while the movie itself is good, it still doesn't stick to the facts
Talking with Re/code, Hertzfeld said:
I have seen the film, but not a finished version — it was still a work in progress when they showed it to me in August. Again, I am in a poor position to judge it, since I am too close to it and my experience with the underlying reality distracts me from appreciating it as a film.
That said, I think it's a fine movie, brilliantly written and performed and full of humor and feeling. It deviates from reality everywhere — almost nothing in it is like it really happened — but ultimately that doesn't matter that much. The purpose of the film is to entertain, inspire and move the audience, not to portray reality. It is cavalier about the facts but aspires to explore and expose the deeper truths behind Steve's unusual personality and behavior, and it often but not always succeeds at that.
Hertzfeld met with the movie's screenwriter Aaron Sorkin before filming began, and later met with the most of the cast of Steve Jobs, including actor Michael Stuhlbarg who portrays Hertzfeld in the movie:
I think Michael's performance was excellent, but I am probably the worst person in the world to judge it, since I hardly get to observe myself — it feels strange to me, kind of like the first time I heard my voice played back on a tape recorder. I couldn't help but cringe at times, especially when they apparently put him in a fat suit for the third act.
Steve Jobs, which stars actor Michael Fassbender in the title role, will open in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles on October 9, and will open in more theaters in the U.S. later in the month.