No, This Isn’t a Prank…Ashton Kutcher is Playing Steve Jobs in ‘Jobs’

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Ashton Kutcher best works as an unlikeable douchebag.  That’s his character trait in almost everything, from his current role in Two and a Half Men to his former job of hosting Punk’d.  There’s just something…unlikeable to Ashton Kutcher.  But even then…is he the right man to play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs?

Hell no.  But Hollywood will cast him anyways!  Variety got the scoop on the story, and claims that it’s not an April Fools Day joke (which it wouldn’t be hard to imagine might have been the case).  Kutcher has been cast in the biopic entitled Jobs, which tells the story of Steve Jobs from “”wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple, where he became one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of our time.” Basically, it’s just the story of his life told on the big screen…no bells and whistles to it.  

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This project shouldn’t be confused with the OTHER Steve Jobs biopic making the rounds in Hollywood, the Sony produced one which may or may not involve Aaron Sorkin (although chances are it will be “may”).  This one is an indy affair, directed by the genius who brought us the…uh, “political satire” Swing Vote starring Kevin Costner.  The script is from Matt Whiteley who, as far as I can tell, has never done anything at all involving movies.  So basically, this movie is only being made to capitalize on the death of the wealthy CEO.  Yeah, Hollywood!

So from the image above (courtesy of SoyaCincau), it’s pretty apparent that there’s a striking resembelence between Kutcher and Jobs.  So looks wise, Kutcher can certainly do this role.  But acting wise?  I don’t think so.  I’ve made it no secret that I’m not a fan of Ashton Kutcher, and even if you do like his “comedic” works, what evidence have we seen so far that illustrates that he can do this role?  Then again, we all said the same thing about Justin Timberlake in The Social Network, but his performance was wonderful in that.  But I honestly believed Timberlake was so good in that movie because he had the guiding hand of Fincher and the wonderful script of Fincher to guide him.  I don’t think the director of Swing Vote and a first time screenwriter will have that kind of influence.

But what do you think?  Is Kutcher a good choice for the role?

-Matthew