When I think of method actors, I think of people like Daniel Day-Lewis, Christian Bale, Al Pacino, and Sacha Baron Cohen. (I also think how annoying it must be to be married to these people when they're in the middle of a movie project. Christian Bale, huskily: "A hero can be anyone." Wife: "Jesus, honey, you emptied the dishwasher. Big whoop.") One person I do NOT think of is Ashton Kutcher, but he apparently went above and beyond the call of duty recently to become Steve Jobs while filming the biopic jOBS.
Well, above and beyond in the sense that he adopted Steve Jobs' famed fruitarian diet for a while, in an attempt to get into character. Instead, he got himself a hospital stay.
In order to seamlessly embody the character of Steve Jobs, Kutcher watched "hundreds of hours of footage," listened to Jobs' past speeches, and interviewed several of his friends. He also went on Jobs' fruits-only diet before filming began, but the results of that last effort apparently felt a little too close for comfort:
… the fruitarian diet can lead to like severe issues. I ended up in the hospital two days before we started shooting the movie. I was like doubled over in pain, and my pancreas levels were completely out of whack, which was completely terrifying, considering everything.
Right, considering Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011. Ashton Kutcher practically endured the exact same fate, you guys. I'm sure it was really serious and scary and not at all related to fruit-triggered Super Poops.
Anyway, whether Ashton Kutcher was experiencing gastrointestinal distress or an actual medical emergency while slipping ghostlike into the character of Steve Jobs, the Fruit Story makes a great marketing gimmick for the movie. He was sure to mention the hospital stay when the biopic premiered Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival, and added that the role worked perfectly with his off-screen interests too:
What was nice was when I was preparing for the character, I could still work on product development for technology companies, and I would sort of stay in character, in the mode of the character.
Boy, that must have been absolutely delightful for everyone who worked with him during that time. A douchey overpaid actor pretending that he's one of the greatest technology pioneers the world has ever known while "working on product development." In fact, I'm starting to have a theory about his dietary issues …
Kutcher: "God, my stomach kind of hurts."
Technology company: "Oh no! And we were just enjoying your priceless input so very much! Here, have another fruit basket."
Are you looking forward to seeing Ashton Kutcher in jOBS?
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