Why Ashton Kutcher Was Hospitalized During Preparations For Steve Jobs Role
To get into the skin of the computer wiz, Kutcher practically became the Apple co-founder, adapting an all-fruit diet, as did the founder of Apple, which had a dangerous effect on his pancreas (Jobs died in 2011 of pancreatic cancer).
“First I learned that a fruitarian diet can lead to some severe issues,” Kutcher, 34, told a rapt audience following the Sundance premiere of the film last Friday night.
“I ended up in a hospital, like, two days before we started shooting the movie. I was, like, doubled over in pain and my pancreas levels were completely out of whack, which was really terrifying.”
Co-starring 1600 Penn’s Josh Gad as Apple computer genius Steve Wozniak, the new movie aims to be a warts-and-all portrayal that includes unflattering episodes wherein Jobs double-crosses early collaborators and turns his back on loved ones.
For Kutcher, a self-proclaimed gadget geek, taking on the role scared the hell out of him.
“This was obviously, like, one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever tried to do in my life because I admire this man so much and what he has done,” he said. “This guy created a tool that we use every day in our life and he believed in it when nobody else did. So that’s terrifying.”
He watched hundreds of hours of footage, listened to speeches, met with friends and acquaintances of Jobs, then tried to deconstruct how Jobs — an ordinary guy from San Francisco — became an entrepreneurial icon.
Most of all, what helped Kutcher connect with his subject was the desire to produce a product that connects with people.
“Ultimately I think it was about his desire to create something for other people that they can appreciate,” said Kutcher. “And I think when we make movies, the end goal is to create something that you can share with people, that moves people, that changes them, that creates a better life for them. And to me those things are powerful values of Steve Jobs that I got from working on this.”
jOBS opens nationwide Apr. 19.
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