Ashton Kutcher: Playing Steve Jobs Was ‘Terrifying’
He will be playing entrepreneur/technological pioneer Steve Jobs, a layered figure he must portray with immense honesty and accuracy if he wants to make the millions of Jobs’s passionate admirers into his own fans as well.
This is why it’s not much of a surprise how much work Kutcher put into to mastering the personality and individuality of Steve Jobs. Kutcher watched “hundreds of hours of footage,” and listened to several of Jobs’s past speeches in addition to interviewing a portion of the Apple founder’s old friends to further understand this character.
Kutcher learned just how unique and deep the connection Jobs had with those who were close to him. The role will not only be the toughest acting task the actor has ever undertaken, but it will also be a great service to Jobs’s loyal following, showing the world just how amazing of a person he really was.
He knows he simply cannot leave any stone unturned in “jOBS,” and for that reason, Kutcher is aware that he will be under a startling amount of scrutiny when the film finally opens.
“It’s really scary when everyone has a right to be like a legitimate critic. Because he was very public. There are people here who probably know him way better than I do, who shook his hand, knew him, hung out with him. So that’s terrifying. Especially when you’re playing somebody that people really admired,” Kutcher said.
Will Kutcher’s performance be up to par? Or will he become the most hated person in Hollywood? It sounds like he’s done all the work necessary to prevent the latter, it’s just a matter of whether he harnesses his research to capture fully not just the success, but the soulful essence of the legend that was Steve Jobs.
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