When it was revealed that Ashton Kutcher would be playing Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic titled Jobs, many people were certain that it was an April fools joke. It’s real. It’s happening. And Ashton Kutcher is apparently studying for the role diligently. People are dogging Kutcher, largely because they see him as goofball Michael Kelso or that idiot from Punk’d, but there are several reasons why he’d make a good Steve Jobs. Here are three.
1) He’s serious about the role. Producer Mark Hulme recently told The Daily:
He is already meeting with folks that knew Steve Jobs. He’s working with professionals to get inside the voice. He’s letting his hair grow out. I understand he’s canceled all meetings and actually canceled all other projects. He believes the role was meant for him.
It’s obvious that Kutcher is passionate about playing Jobs and will be respectful. With his background (more on that later) comes a familiarity and understanding of Jobs’ impact on the tech world. He won’t be imposing styles and motivations on the character he’s playing.
2) He looks the part. The facial similarities between Kutcher and (young) Jobs are uncanny. Look at the photograph above. The nose. The eyes. The eyebrows. Pretty freaky, hey? He’s not going to require a lot of makeup and prosthetics to play Jobs.
3) He undertands tech. A lot of people think that Kutcher is dumb based off of the roles he plays. He’s actually a pretty sharp guy, particularly for a Hollywood actor. More importantly, he’s a tech enthusiast that has invested in lots of tech startups, including Foursquare, Square, Skype, Flipboard, and Airbnb. He’s the only celebrity that I know of that has his own Twitter app. He has a passion for technology that’s unusual for a big celebrity.
Some people question whether Kutcher has the acting chops for a big role in a drama. That’s totally understandable. The doubts are fair. That ’70s Show and Two & a Half Men are one thing. Playing the most famous tech executive that ever lived is another. That said, I think that people are dismissing him too quickly. As I’ve shown above, there are several reasons why the casting could work.
How do you feel about Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs?