Matthew Modine Joins Steve Jobs Biopic

Celebrity News Jun. 5, 2012 AT 6:40PM
Matthew Modine visits at SIRIUS XM Studio on May 7, 2012 in New York City. Matthew Modine visits at SIRIUS XM Studio on May 7, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Ben Gabbe/Getty

Matthew Modine has a new jOB.

The Full Metal Jacket star has signed on to the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, jOBS.

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Modine, 53, will play John Sculley, the former Pepsi-Cola CEO whom Jobs recruited to lead Apple in 1983. The two didn't get along and Sculley is known as the man who "fired" Jobs in 1985. He served as the CEO of Apple from 1983 to 1993.

The actor joins Ashton Kutcher in the film, who plays the visionary founder Steve Jobs, and Josh Gad (Broadway's Book of Mormon star), who play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, in the film directed by Joshua Michael Stern.

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"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 in a statement to Us Weekly. "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."

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jOBS will chronicle the life of the visionary is set to be released in the fall.

 

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