Ashton Kutcher Talks More About Playing the Role of Steve Jobs

Last week, Ashton Kutcher took to Quora to explain some of the reasons why he decided to take on the role of Steve Jobs in the upcoming film JOBS, noting his admiration for Jobs, the challenge of the role, and his interest in the convergence of technology and entertainment.

With the film set for wide release on August 16, Kutcher is now beginning to hit the publicity circuit to talk about the film. He appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night, where he discussed how he missed a chance to meet Steve Jobs six months before Jobs' death and how regret over that decision played a part in his decision to portray Jobs.


Kutcher also sat down with The Verge for a wide-ranging interview including some discussion of his portrayal of Jobs. In the interview, Kutcher describes how he felt almost compelled to take on the role of Jobs out of love for the Apple co-founder. Kutcher felt that if anyone was going to "screw it up", it should be someone should be someone who cared for Jobs.

To prepare for the role, Kutcher assembled a 15-hour SoundCloud compilation of Jobs' speaking voice, including both public presentations and more candid recordings that captured his habits outside of public life. "There were two versions of him, and I got this from a lot of friends of his that I talked to," Kutcher said. "There was the guy who went on stage and presented things, and then there was the guy who was in the boardroom, who was working on a product, who was having an intimate conversation. And I tried to find little snippets of stuff where he wasn't aware that he was being recorded or speeches that he didn't think anyone was going to hear, so I could get a little more of who he honestly was."

The relevant portion of the interview begins roughly 11:30 into the video.

Top Rated Comments

keysofanxiety Avatar
111 months ago
Agreed.

This shouldn't even be on MacRumors.

Absolutely. A film about Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, has absolutely no place on a rumour site called 'MacRumors'. :rolleyes:
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GuitarDTO Avatar
111 months ago
Queue all the "OMG Ashton is terrible" comments. Overall it seems he took the role very seriously and seems to have done a good job with it from the trailer.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
likemyorbs Avatar
111 months ago
He still can't act.

Says someone who's made $0 acting in his lifetime. :rolleyes:
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LillieDesigns Avatar
111 months ago
Agreed.

This shouldn't even be on MacRumors.

I gotta respectively disagree. I'm really looking forward to the film and appreciate the continued coverage. This movie gets a lot of flack and no one has even seen it yet. I'm sure the 'bigger' film will be incredible, but this looks entertaining and it's always fun to see Jobs come 'back to life'.

:apple:
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Roessnakhan Avatar
111 months ago
Agreed.

This shouldn't even be on MacRumors.

I believe that's for the site owners to decide.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AngerDanger Avatar
111 months ago
He was fairly articulate in the interview and seemed a lot more tolerable in that specific trailer. It was nice to see a clip that didn't make Ashton out to be a caricature of Jobs, and I can actually say that I'm looking forward to seeing the rest.

Seriously, no one cares!
Oops. I do.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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