Jobs to Noah Wyle: "You do look like me" (with Macworld Expo gag video)

Summary:Noah Wyle tells Fortune magazine about his conversation with Steve Jobs after "Pirates of Silicon Valley" had filmed and how he came to Macworld Expo 1999 dressed as Jobs for a gag.

FORTUNE’s David Kaplan wrote a great piece about a 1999 conversation he had with Noah Wyle about playing Steve Jobs in TNT’s "Pirates of Silicon Valley."

Kaplan talked to Wyle on the day ER taped its series finale. Wyle told Kaplan about his conversation with Steve Jobs after the movie had filmed and how he came to the 1999 Macworld Convention in New York to appear as Jobs’ doppelganger on stage:

"Noah?" said the voice.

"Yes," I said.

"This is Steve Jobs."

My heart started beating through my shirt. And he said—and I've memorized this—"I'm just calling to tell you I thought you did a good job. I hated the movie, I hated the script, I think if you had spent a little more time and a little more money and maybe a little more attention to detail, you could have had something there. But you were good."

And all I could say was, "Thank you. Sir."

"Listen, we do this thing every year called the Macworld convention. It's in New York, at the Javits Center. There will be about 10,000 people there. And I think it would be hilarious if you came out on stage dressed as me and did the first five minutes of my keynote address. Are you interested?"

"Absolutely!"

So he bought me a plane ticket to New York the next month and I went over to the Four Seasons Hotel, went up to his room, knocked on his door, and there I was staring face-to-face with Steve Jobs, and he looked me up and down from my toes to the top of my head, and smiled, "Yeah, you do look like me."

You can read the rest of the story on the Fortune website.

Here's the Video from the event:

... and the trailer for "Pirates of Silicon Valley."

Topics: Enterprise Software, Apple, IT Employment, Piracy, Security

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Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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