As many of you know by now, Jobs, a film to finally see nationwide premier on August 16, stars Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs himself. Ahead of the debut, Kutcher took to Quora a little over a week ago to answer fans’ questions about the role and why he decided to take it. He has more recently, however, started to take the publicity circuit on interviews with Jay Leno and Joshua Topolsky of The Verge…
He appeared last night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, where he discussed his missed opportunity to meet Jobs and his emotional connection to his work.
Ashton Kutcher also sat down with The Verge to speak about much the same things but in greater detail, going into how he felt that this was a role he held a personal connection to and how he wanted to protect how Steve Jobs is portrayed. He wanted to make sure that, even if he screwed the role up, that it was screwed up someone who truly admired him.
According to Kutcher, the challenge of portraying Jobs on-screen was a personal one. “It terrified me, and most of the great things I’ve been able to accomplish in my life were things that terrified me.” Many of Kutcher’s friends had worked with Jobs, which he said gave him both a unique insight into the Apple founder’s life and a protective streak regarding Jobs’ portrayal onscreen. “I almost felt compelled to defensively play the role,” Kutcher said. “I want to make sure it’s protected. Even if I screw it up and totally bomb it, I love that guy. I love that guy. I’d rather have someone that cared about him screw it up than someone who didn’t.”
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