Steve Wozniak, Jobs’ partner in the early days of Apple, has already said that the one scene of “jOBS” he has seen was “totally wrong.” Director Joshua Michael Stern acknowledged that “these are really hard movies to enter because there’s a lot of expectations.”
And he said his goal was to give filmgoers “a feeling of what happened” and “finding the essence of who these people were.”
Josh Gad (“Book of Mormon,” “1600 Penn”) pointed out that he clearly got one thing right when it came to portraying Wozniak. “We’re similar in that we both have weight problems,” he said.
When it came to casting Kutcher as Jobs, Stern said he “instantly knew that he was very invested in this role. I felt instantly that it was important to him on many levels.”
And he knew at once that he wanted Kutcher for the role. “All I can say is that it was obvious.”
Kutcher said he went out of his way to get Jobs right. Not only did he watch 100 hours of film footage and listen to speeches he delivered, he also lost “a tremendous amount of weight” to look more like the real Jobs.
He even tried Jobs’ fruitarian diet — which includes just fruits, nuts and seeds — and that didn’t work out well.
It “can lead to severe issues,” Kutcher said. “I ended up in the hospital, like, two days before we started shooting the movie. I was doubled over in pain.
“And my pancreas levels were completely out of whack. Which was really terrifying, considering everything.”
(Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in October 2011.)
“Steve Jobs is a hero to me,” Kutcher said. “He’s a guy who failed and got back up on the horse. And I think we can all relate to that someplace in our life.”« Previous Page