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Matthew Modine signs on to play John Sculley in jOBS biopic

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Veteran actor Matthew Modine has been added to the cast of the upcoming jOBS biopic and will be playing the role of former Apple CEO John Sculley, who many recognize as being the man who "fired" Steve Jobs from his own company.

Modine told CBSNews on Tuesday that he would be playing Sculley, the former CEO of Pepsi who was brought in by Jobs to help Apple in 1983 and famously fired the company's co-founder two years later.

The actor doesn't view Sculley as an antagonist and instead sees the former CEO as the catalyst to Jobs' later success.

"It's my feeling -- and I think there's a lot of people who feel -- that had John Sculley not fired Steve Jobs from Apple Computers and Steve go on the journey that he did when he was away from Apple Computers that we wouldn't be speaking about Steve Jobs today," Modine said.

He goes on to liken Sculley to the coach who cut Michael Jordan from his high school basketball team, saying that the challenges faced by both men forced them to prove their detractors wrong.

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Matthew Modine as John Sculley in the upcoming jOBS biopic. | Source: Workhouse


The film, which has already started principle filming at Jobs' old Los Altos home, is being directed by Joshua Michael Stern ("Swing Vote") and will star Ashton Kutcher in a chronicle of the tech pioneer's "30 most defining years" from 1971 to the early 2000s. Attached to the project are Ahna O'Reilly who will play Chris-Ann Brennan, Jobs' ex-girlfriend and mother to his daughter, while Broadway star Josh Gad is set to take the role of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

jOBS is one of two biopics currently underway, the other being a Sony-backed larger budget Aaron Sorkin ("The Social Network") project based on Walter Isaacson's official Steve Jobs biography.
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Yes, as we all know Steve's final decade was not very defining for him.
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This guy is completely wrong. He thinks that John Sculley put Jobs on the fast track? News flash Tom Brokaw, Steve Jobs was a force that could not be stopped; his success had nothing - absolutely nothing to do with John Sculley.

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They just added another 185 lbs of suck to this project.
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…Steve Jobs was a force that could not be stopped; his success had nothing - absolutely nothing to do with John Sculley.

 

Butterfly effect. Absolutely Steve's firing was a good decision.

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Butterfly effect. Absolutely Steve's firing was a good decision.

 

I agree. It put the sting of realism in his bonnet.

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I agree. It put the sting of realism in his bonnet.

 

My question though is that if this pic is supposed to be about Jobs' early life as they said it was, why is John Sculley even in it?  It kind of suggests that the script ends with Steve being fired, which itself goes contrary to the whole "get inspired" thing they were talking about.  It's kind of a downer to end the movie on that note, but if it goes further, then it isn't about Jobs' early life really.  Seems confusing to me. 

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They just added another 185 lbs of suck to this project.

 

It's not overriding my feelings of meh. 

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Butterfly effect. Absolutely Steve's firing was a good decision.

 

That's what folks like Scully and Modine might want to think but for all we know if Steve Jobs hadn't been fired, the current line up could have still failed and Steve might have had the whole 'let's base it on Unix' idea and we'd still have ended up with Mac OS X etc. perhaps in a bit sooner. There's really no way of knowing. 

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My question though is that if this pic is supposed to be about Jobs' early life as they said it was, why is John Sculley even in it?  It kind of suggests that the script ends with Steve being fired, which itself goes contrary to the whole "get inspired" thing they were talking about.  It's kind of a downer to end the movie on that note, but if it goes further, then it isn't about Jobs' early life really.  Seems confusing to me. 

 

Maybe the whole movie is told from Sculley's perspective? LOL

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…if Steve Jobs hadn't been fired, the current line up could have still failed and Steve might have had the whole 'let's base it on Unix' idea and we'd still have ended up with Mac OS X etc. perhaps in a bit sooner. There's really no way of knowing. 

 

He wouldn't have started Pixar. He wouldn't have had to make NeXT. He would have continued his unabashed, deluded, FULLY self-important…

 

Look, Steve himself said it was right, didn't he?

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post #11 of 27

Man, they are really dragging the bottom of the lake for this movie.

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Butterfly effect. Absolutely Steve's firing was a good decision.

It's hard to know for sure but I am convinced that Steve was made better for it and Apple and the world at large was made better for the advancements that came from NeXT that might not have otherwise happened.

As for this film I have absolutely no interest in watching it. I would like to see a film titled NeXT: The Best Failure of Steve Jobs or something to that effect. Sadly I will never accomplish anything as great as what is considered Jobs biggest failure in business.


PS: Speaking of The Butterfly Effect, that was actually an enjoyable movie starring Ashton Kutcher.

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Private Joker, do you believe in the Virgin Mary?

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Private Joker, do you believe in the Virgin Mary?

 

Did you mean to post this somewhere else? A different website, perhaps? privaterjoker hasn't even made any posts here yet.

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post #15 of 27

hahaha!

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Did you mean to post this somewhere else? A different website, perhaps? privaterjoker hasn't even made any posts here yet.

Mathew Modine played "Private Joker" in "Full Metal Jacket"

 

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Man, they are really dragging the bottom of the lake for this movie.

 

It's like an ABC After School Special... "Kids! Get Inspired!"

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They just added another 185 lbs of suck to this project.

 

Matthew Modine is awesome and a great actor. I've got a feeling you're just here to be a prick?

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Maybe this biopic is just the facade to the real one based on Issacson's book! The typical Steve approach!
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This guy is completely wrong. He thinks that John Sculley put Jobs on the fast track? News flash Tom Brokaw, Steve Jobs was a force that could not be stopped; his success had nothing - absolutely nothing to do with John Sculley.

 

 

I think getting fired and having the experiences of both Next and Pixar made Steve Jobs a far better executive.     It caused him, at least to some extent, to listen to others more and it also taught him how to delegate. And while I don't think anyone would call Jobs humble, I think both getting fired and the commercial failure at Next did humble him just a bit.     While there is no doubt that Jobs was a genius, I'm not sure he would have been so successful upon his return to Apple had it not been for those other experiences.    So Sculley forced those other things to happen.       Sculley, on the other hand, didn't seem to learn anything from getting fired at Apple.

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Kevin James is going to play Gil Amelio.

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That's what folks like Scully and Modine might want to think but for all we know if Steve Jobs hadn't been fired, the current line up could have still failed...

 

 

The point is that there would likely not be the current line-up if Steve Jobs had not been fired.

Getting the boot forced him to do things he might not have done otherwise.

IIRC, this is along the lines of what Steve said in Isaacson's book.

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This guy is completely wrong. He thinks that John Sculley put Jobs on the fast track? News flash Tom Brokaw, Steve Jobs was a force that could not be stopped; his success had nothing - absolutely nothing to do with John Sculley.

 

I don't think you can prove your point, or prove that Modine is wrong. In fact, we can be sure you cannot prove it. The only facts are the historical ones, establishing causality: Jobs's triumphant return to Apple came after ouster by Sculley.

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Butterfly effect. Absolutely Steve's firing was a good decision.

 

That's really an example of causality rather than butterfly effect.

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That's really an example of causality rather than butterfly effect.

 

Sculley's firing of Jobs didn't cause him to start Pixar and NeXT, but his action did afford Jobs the desire to do so where he wouldn't have otherwise.


Butterfly.

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post #26 of 27
Loose the facial hair. Then he might look like Sculley.

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But will it be in 3D???
 

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