Ashton Kutcher Speaks Further on His Transformation Into Steve Jobs, Speculates on Loyalty
MacRumors attended a promotional screening of "JOBS" in San Francisco last night, where Ashton Kutcher and director Joshua Michael Stern held a question and answer session that covered a variety of topics on the production of the movie. Kutcher, for the most part, expanded on the ways that he slipped into the role of Jobs, and pontificated on what loyalty might have meant to the former CEO.
While Kutcher has made a number of appearances to promote the movie, speaking multiple times about his preparation for the role of Steve Jobs, he shared a few new details last night.
Kutcher explained the physical demands of the role, which included the mastering of the Steve Jobs walk over the course of the three months that he prepared for the part. Kutcher attributed Jobs’ walk to his penchant for bare feet, which contributed to his odd lope. He suggested Jobs probably stubbed his toes fairly often, causing the unique gait where he picked up his feet while walking.
Kutcher also noted that he went as far as studying the same books and artists that Jobs once did in order to get into the right mind frame and learn his aesthetic taste. Throughout the interview, it was clear that Kutcher had a great respect for Jobs, and he mentioned that he deeply regretted forgoing a chance to meet Jobs just months before he passed away. “I loved a man I never knew,” he said.
When an audience member asked Kutcher how he thought that Jobs would define loyalty, Kutcher initially declined to answer, but went on to discuss Jobs’ relationship with some of the earliest Apple employees, including Daniel Kottke, who was not awarded Apple stock.
“I think Steve was extraordinarily loyal to people he felt were loyal to him. And I don’t think that he had a historical relationship in his life that he felt that - that he trusted other people’s loyalty so I think he was sparing with his.”
Director Joshua Michael Stern also shared his thoughts on the question, explaining that someone had told him that Jobs was not a sentimental person. According to Stern, sentimentality draws from the past and Jobs didn’t live in the past–he was always looking towards the future.
“So I think that he would define loyalty in a very different way. He’d probably get defensive if you’d ask because his loyalty had probably been questioned so often in his life. But I think that he was loyal to his vision and he was loyal to the one thing he wanted to bring to the world … I think he was loyal to what he was trying to achieve. If you were loyal to that too then he loved you and if you didn’t then you didn’t understand him.”
The JOBS movie, starring Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad, is set to hit theaters next month on August 16.