Tuesday, June 05, 2012
By Tricia Stevens
Matthew Modine will play John Sculley, the former Pepsi-Cola CEO whom Jobs recruited to lead Apple in 1983 in the new Steve Jobs biopic entitled jOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher as the late Apple founder.
Sculley and Jobs had clashed in their respective roles at Apple, leading to Jobs’ firing from the company in 1985. Sculley served as Apple’s CEO from 1983 to 1993.
“The interesting thing about that is some people may look at John Sculley as a villain in the story, an antagonist in the story,” Modine said. “You know the story of Michael Jordan. When he was playing high school basketball, he was kicked off the team. He was cut. And had Michael Jordon not been cut, a lot of people believe he wouldn’t have found the aspiration and desire to show his coach that he was wrong and become the Michael Jordon who changes the game of basketball. 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.”
jOBS will be released late Fall 2012.