Josh Gad Talks New Film JOBS
In an interview published in today's Mashable.com, Josh Gad spoke about his role as Steve Wozniak in the new Steve Jobs biopic JOBS, opening in theaters today. The Broadway vet confessed that prior to nabbing the role of the Apple co-founder, he knew little about the pre-2000's world of technology.
"I was fascinated by the story when I read the script," he said. "I was not aware of the Apple universe [before] the introduction of the iPod, and so for me the journey that [co-founders] Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak took together - and all of these guys who helped form Apple - was fascinating."
Gad, who calls the project an "amazing opportunity" to learn about the electronics and computer software industry, described what ultimately attracted him to his character. "Simply by virtue of the fact that he's a living, breathing person. That's what really drew me to [the film]; I was excited about telling this story about this icon who meant a huge deal to me - and I can only imagine means a huge deal to many others."
The actor watched more than 200 hours' of footage, listened to audio recordings of Wozniak on YouTube and read Woz's autobiography, iWoz, as well as Walter Isaacson's account of Jobs in order to nail down his character. He also attended computer programming classes which had the added benefit of making him handier around the house. "I could probably program my air conditioner to turn on to 65 degrees," he jokes.
Read the interview in full here!
Josh Gad was last seen on Broadway in The Book of Mormon, and before that, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
His film work includes The Internship, and the upcoming movies Frozen and Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here. Other credits include Thanks for Sharing, She Wants Me, the TV series Good Vibes, Gigi: Almost American, Woke Up Dead and Back to You, the films Love & Other Drugs, Crossing Over, The Rocker and more.