Ashton Kutcher, who is set to play the role of Steve Jobs, the late co-founder and CEO of Apple, in his upcoming movie ‘jOBS’ which is releasing on 16th of this month, has revealed on Quora how he went through 3 months of intense research, learning everything he could about Steve Jobs as he prepared for the big role.
The 35-year old actor shares how he watched Steve Jobs interviews and documentaries from the Silicon Valley Historical Association. He also collected content ‘inspired by Jobs’ from YouTube and listened to the late Apple CEO’s soundcloud files to pick up a few key patterns about the great innovator’s personality. “I quickly found that, while learning ‘how a person is’ ultimately is the key, you have to learn ‘why a person is”, says Kutcher.
“I heard him repeat his story about a computer being a tool for the mind and that we should all be bold enough to create the world we live in. I also picked up on his value for diverse education through experience. I then started to dissect the nuances of his behavior, the walk, the fact that he has an almost imperceptible lisp, his accent that was a combination of northern California and Wisconsin, the way he paused before answer, and nodded in understanding, the way he bowed in namaste when receiving praise, and stared with contempt when in conflict.”
The artist says he wanted to know why Jobs liked what he liked and pursued what he pursued. He even read the books Steve Jobs read, such as Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda, Mucusless Diet Healing System by Arnold Ehret and Be Here Now by Ram Dass.
So I started to consume what he consumed…
Researching the artists he admired: Bauhaus, Folon, Ansel Adams
Eating the food he ate: Grapes, Carrot Juice, Popcorn
Studying the Entrepreneurs he admired: Edison, Edwin Land
You can read his full Quora post here. Meanwhile, here’s the new “jOBS” official American Legend movie trailer: