Photos of Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak in upcoming jOBS movie revealed

Ashleigh Allsopp
19 January, 2013
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New photographs from the upcoming ‘jOBS‘ movie show Josh Gad as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and a further glimpse at Ashton Kutcher playing the late Steve Jobs.

USA Today published the images on Friday, ahead of the film’s 26 January premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and its release in cinemas in April.

Gad has said that he was amazed by how much Two and a Half Men star Ashton Kutcher looks like Steve Jobs, who died in October 2011 after battling with cancer.

“There is an eerie resemblance – he didn’t have to do much to get there,” said Gad. “When he showed up, it sent a ripple of shock throughout the set. Everyone was like, ‘We’re in the presence of Jobs. Let’s go do this.’ It was literally like being in the room with the creator of Apple. This is one of those roles that’s the perfect fit.”

When he landed the role of Steve Wozniak, Gad spent “literally hundreds” of hours watching footage and reading about the man who co-founded Apple with Jobs in a garage back in 1976. He also took programming courses in preparation for the role. “This was definitely outside my wheelhouse,” he admitted. “I felt like I was going to college.”

After playing the part of clean-cut Elder Arnold Cunningham in Broadway’s The Book of Mormon, Gad was required to apply a fake beard and have his hair straightened every morning in order to transform into Wozniak before he went on set.

“Unfortunately, it was a gruelling two-hour process each day, where my face felt like it needed to be ripped off,” said Gad. “The first night I went to bed, I was literally stuck to my pillow. It was sick, sick glue.”

“In a way, it’s a love story between these two men,” Gad said, referring to Jobs and Wozniak. “And their journey is full of heartbreak and some different part-of-ways moments.”

“The combination of Jobs’ ambition and design and Woz’s technical genius provided us with one of the most revolutionary tools every created – the personal computer,” Kutcher added.

Many key scenes in jOBS were shot in the same garage in California where Apple started life, giving movie extra authenticity.

“We were blessed with the opportunity to actually shoot in that garage,” Gad said. “It was so eerie to go back there and think, ‘This is where it all started’ And then you notice everyone texting on their iPhone. It was otherworldly.”

jOBS, not to be confused with Sony’s movie adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography which is expected to arrive later this year, depicts Jobs’ life from 1971 to 2000, and also stars Matthew Modine as ex-Apple CEO John Sculley, Giles Matthey as Jony Ive and Ahna O’Rielly as Jobs’ ex-girlfriend Chis-Ann Brennan.

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