The Two and a Half Men star joined the film in April to a decidedly mixed response, but after a comparison image with side-by-side photos of a long-haired Kutcher and Jobs from the 1970s started to pop up on the Web, the resemblance was hard to deny.
According to MTV, the new film will examine Job’s life and innovations from the 1970s to the end of the 20th century. “Book of Mormon” breakout Josh Gad signed on a few weeks after Kutcher to play Jobs’ partner and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
In an interview the producer of JOBS: Get Inspired — which is the working title of this atrocity — Mark Hulme said:
“Since our film covers the early years of Apple, when Jobs was in his 20′s, we needed an actor who could carry not only the youthfulness of Jobs at the time but also the psychological complexity. Because of that, and Ashton’s physical similarities to Jobs, he’s perfect for our film.”
When asked whether the movie will be based on a particular book or will it use a series of sources to research Jobs’ life, the producer responded:
“Since Apple was a public company and since Steve Jobs was a very visible and much-written-about individual, there is a wealth of source material. We also enlisted the support of primary sources who knew him personally.”
Hulme also remembered the moment when Ashton Kutcher agreed to play a role in a relatively small independent film:
“When Ashton read the script he was immediately attracted to the project. He is a Steve Jobs and Apple fan, and is technologically savvy, as well, so he recognized the historical importance of Steve Jobs and the potential of the project. He is very excited to have the role.”
The biopic was announced back in April, six months after Jobs died in October 2011 after battling pancreatic cancer. And despite initial Internet critisizing about Kutcher as the pick to portray Jobs, at least one person who knew him well was absolutely for the actor: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
“The fear that many might have is that Ashton was selected because he’s ‘hot’ right now … But I feel that his selection was done in the most professional manner. And I’m glad that he’s on board. I think he’ll put a lot into it and that he cares about this particular subject,” he said.
He went on: “There is probably little I can say, other than expressing my belief that this will be a great and popular film. I feel that Pirates of Silicon Valley was more interesting and grabbing and gets more play in schools of all levels than The Social Network. My hopes are that this film turns out as truthful and genuine as possible. I can’t judge that aspect until the film is done and I see it.”