I wasn’t convinced the first time they announced that Steve Jobs was being played by Ashton Kutcher. But after watching this clip…
…still not convinced. He’s still…Ashton Kutcher, but more beardy. I don’t know if he’s the type of actor who feels comfortable adjusting his tonal fluctuations to sound less like himself and more like someone else. He just plays every role as straight as he possibly can and doesn’t bring much of his own to the table. If he’s thinking of heading to the Oscars with this role, then I say good luck. It’s good to dream sometimes. But maybe I’m asking the wrong question here. Maybe I need to take a few steps back and ask “Why Ashton Kutcher?” The man made a living out of playing a man-child or a heartthrob (or some combination of both) for the majority of his career and all of a sudden we’re supposed to make a logical leap here and believe that he’s some cerebral business guru? Sure, some actors are able to break out of their mold and perhaps I was ready to believe in this particular casting decision, too, until I saw the clip they released. I’m sorry, but I still don’t buy it.
Also, Steve Wozniak is on record as having said the conversation in the clip never took place, or it at least it came much further down the road. Surprise, surprise. You will be hard-pressed to find a biopic that is accurate and that’s because life would make the worst movie ever. The only difference here is that the people depicted in the movie are still alive and can attest to its inaccuracies. But honestly, who cares? By all means, dramatize the crap out of their lives if it means it’ll be entertaining. Ashton Kutcher’s performance aside, this could still turn out to be a decent flick and an Oscar fodder.
Written by Daniel Lee