Ashton Kutcher talks playing Steve Jobs, flaws and all (Video)
Ashton Kutcher took on the task on playing Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the new biopic about the tech giant simply titled "Jobs."
George Pennacchio of KABC Television, OTRC.com's parent company, recently talked to Kutcher at the premiere of "Jobs" about Kutcher getting close with the cast and the film portraying flaws Jobs had as a person.
Kutcher's "Jobs" co-star Lesley Ann Warren, who portrays Jobs' adoptive mother Clara in the film, revealed in an earlier interview that before filming, Kutcher gathered the cast and crew together and gave a speech.
"Before we shot a piece of film, he called the whole crew and all of the actors that were involved that day onto the set -- we were on location -- and he made this very heartfelt speech about how deeply he cared about bringing honesty and authenticity," Warren told Pennacchio. "And I actually have worked my entire life and that's never happened. And he said, 'I hope you'll come on this journey with me' -- to all of them. It was a very unifying, beautiful thing to do and he was ... he cared."
"Well, there was a speech that I saw, that Steve Jobs gave -- It was a quote that I pulled out of a book that I had been studying and he said, something to the effect of ... you know, there are a lot of things in the world that we could be doing right now but right now, we've chosen to do this," Kutcher explained about his speech. "And we're here, so let's make it great. It was something to that effect. And he said, 'Life is short, and eventually you're gonna die and of all the things you could choose to do, this is what you've chosen to do right now.'"
"I wanted to say that to the collective that were building this movie because nobody on this movie made a lot of money and nobody on this movie was there to pick up a paycheck," he added. " The people that were there were there to represent the life of someone that we admire and someone that did something great for the world and I think that when you're in that situation, and when you're the David and not the Goliath, on day one it seems like a Sisyphean task -- you have to get up the hill."
Kutcher also acknowledged that Jobs was a "flawed person" and that it was important for the film to portray that.
"I think Steve Jobs was a flawed person, just like the rest of us are, and I think he's a person that went out into the world and looked for someone that was broken the same way he was and I think we all kinda do that," Kutcher said.
"Some of his greatest flaws were actually his greatest gifts and allowed him to be so discerning and so brutally honest to people, which allowed a product to exceed everyone's expectations," he added. "I learned to love his flaws and embrace them and while I don't necessarily want to emulate them, I can appreciate them for what they are."
"Jobs" hits theaters on Aug. 16 and also stars Josh Gad as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Dermot Mulroney, Matthew Modine and J. K. Simmons.
Check out the trailer for "Jobs" below.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).