If you’ve watched the trailers for the soon-to-be-released movie “Steve Jobs,” you might remember hearing snatches of a heated conversation between Steve Wozniak and Jobs.
Now Universal Pictures has released a clip showing the full exchange, as Wozniak (played by Seth Rogen) demands to know what Jobs (Michael Fassbender) has done to earn his reputation as a genius.
I liked the movie, and it’s been getting largely positive reviews, but if you’re on the fence, the scene should give you a good sense of what it’s actually like. It captures a big part of how “Steve Jobs” portrays Steve Jobs, with an emphasis on dramatic confrontations and grand speeches.
Also, for obvious reasons, I figure this is the scene that’s going to get quoted by folks in Silicon Valley. So for easy reference, here’s the key bit:
Wozniak: You can’t write code, 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 from Xerox Parc, Jef Raskin was the leader of the Mac team before you threw him off his own project. Everything — someone else designed the box! So how come 10 times in a day, I read “Steve jobs is a genius.” What do you do?
Jobs: I play the orchestra. And you’re a good musician, you sit right there, you’re the best in your row.
“Steve Jobs” opens in limited release on Friday. To learn more about the movie, check out our interview with director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.