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Funny or Die Releasing 'Very Silly' Steve Jobs Movie Starring Justin Long on April 15

Will Ferrell's Funny or Die website has made a 60-75 minute movie very loosely based on the life of Steve Jobs, reports The New York Times. The film is by far the longest project for the website, which is famous for its short video clips.

Justin Long will portray Jobs, an interesting casting choice given his role as 'Mac' in the Mac vs. PC ad campaign that Apple ran for a number of years.
"In true Internet fashion, it’s not based on very thorough research — essentially a cursory look at the Steve Jobs Wikipedia page," said Ryan Perez, who wrote and directed "iSteve." "It’s very silly. But it looks at his whole life."

Making fun of Mr. Jobs, the Apple co-founder who died in 2011 and who is considered a deity by many people (at least in the tech world), is a risky proposition, even if done gently. But Allison Hord, who produced "iSteve," said the tone was such that "even the harshest fanboy critics will be able to laugh with us."
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The script for 'iSteve' was written in three days and the movie was filmed in five. The writer and director joked to The Times that "we might not be the best, but we will be the first."

There are two other movies about Steve's life -- perhaps more faithful to the source material -- coming out soon. 'Jobs', starring Ashton Kutcher, and another film based on Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs that is being written by Aaron Sorkin.

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20 months ago

Nice Justin Long. Bite the hand that fed you. Hardly anyone knew or cared who the Eff you were until Apple put your face on commercials and made you famous. :rolleyes:


No-one ever became a megastar because of an Apple ad, and until you actually see the movie, reserve judgment.
Rating: 29 Votes
20 months ago
This movie I would watch.

:D
Rating: 29 Votes
20 months ago
Would be awesome if John Hodgman is cast as Bill Gates! I could die laughing... :p
Rating: 15 Votes
20 months ago
I hope they cast John Hodgman as Steve Wozniak!
Rating: 14 Votes
20 months ago

Nice Justin Long. Bite the hand that fed you. Hardly anyone knew or cared who the Eff you were until Apple put your face on commercials and made you famous. :rolleyes:


Sorry - SOME people might recognize Long from those commercials - but I'd hardly say those commercials made him "famous"

And he's an actor. And it sounds like it might have been a fun gig to be involved with. He's no longer (and hasn't been for sometime) Apple's advertising employee.

Relax.
Rating: 14 Votes
20 months ago
Will Ferrell is always a guarantee for a crappy movie
Rating: 12 Votes
20 months ago
I'm not one of those "OMG I LUV STEVEJOBS!" types, but making a movie to "make fun of" a man who died two years ago is really, really insensitive. Not to mention the fact that the joke is that they didn't even research his life before making the "biopic."

I hope it's in good taste.
Rating: 11 Votes
20 months ago
Looks better than the AK movie.
Rating: 11 Votes
20 months ago
Hi, I'm a Steve.
Rating: 7 Votes
20 months ago

Long looks like he's from the planet of the apes


He is. He's from Earth. ;)
Rating: 6 Votes

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