Wednesday, April 23, 2014
By ROGER MOORE McClatchy Newspapers
(Continued from page 1)
Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs in "Jobs."
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Kutcher with Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak in “Jobs.”
"JOBS," starring Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, J.K. Simmons and Lukas Haas. Directed by Joshua Michael Stern. Rated PG-13 for some drug content and brief strong language. Running time: 2:02
"When Steve Jobs was hired at Atari, one of the reasons he got the job was that they knew that he knew Steve Wozniak," Kutcher says. "And they knew Steve Wozniak was brilliant."
Kutcher sees the team breaking down as "Jobs was a guy who could market things, package things. He understood building technology that was beautiful, inside and out. He understood the art of creation. He was also a leader who made people around him better.
"Woz was the guy who made things. Jobs didn't have that extreme expertise in one area that allowed him to make things. Woz had that gift, that understanding."
Gad says he had to "get lessons in soldering" to play Woz, but Kutcher "had to remember that Steve Jobs wasn't always STEVE JOBS, you know, this icon he became." Kutcher said the most intriguing thing to play was Jobs' growing awareness of his gift, his contribution to the creative process.
"All Jobs knew was how to make it friendly, make it approachable and simple and how to make it seem like something you HAD to have. Today, my 7-year-old nephew uses an iPad and my 80-year-old grandmother uses it, too. They're both comfortable using that one brilliant, simple device."
That's why Kutcher cares so very much that people accept him in this part and that he doesn't embarrass all his friends in the tech sector.
"People have a pretty strong preconceived notion about who I am and how I am. I've been public enough long enough that people cannot help but see me as me. And that's what they want. When they see you playing somebody else, their instinct is to kind of see through that. I wanted people to see Steve."
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Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, who “wanted to find love, I think, through the beautiful things he made,” Kutcher said.