Steve Jobs has been portrayed on screen numerous times; most notably, perhaps, in 2015’s Steve Jobs and 2013’s Jobs. In the more recent movie, the Apple co-founder was played by Michael Fassbender, with Ashton Kutcher appearing in the 2013 film. And now, in 2019, we’ve recently learned of the dangerous lengths to which Kutcher went in order to get into character.
Joshua Michael Stern’s Jobs recounts the story of the real-life man’s transformation from a student into a celebrated tech pioneer. The film was something of a flop, generally being slammed by the critics. Having said that, however, there were those who felt that Kutcher nonetheless provided a worthy portrayal of Jobs.
It might be said that Kutcher’s strong performance as Jobs potentially came from the actor’s strict research into the role. Apparently, at one stage during his background work, Kutcher happened upon a diet book which had been favored by Jobs. Within this publication, a so-called “fruitarian” dietary regime was encouraged.
Fruitarianism refers to a diet which is focused on plants, with uncooked fruit perhaps accounting for between 55 and 75 percent of a follower’s food. It’s an extremely selective regimen, which critics say can leave individuals without vital nutrients. Nonetheless, Kutcher took to the diet for the sake of his role. Moreover, he also started drinking huge amounts of carrot juice, having heard that Jobs himself did the same.
But not long before filming was set to begin for Jobs, Kutcher was stricken by back pain. Over the course of a night, this pain intensified – and so Kutcher had to go to hospital. After receiving tests there, he was told of the damage that his Jobs-inspired diet had inflicted. As he recounted on a Hot Ones web interview slot in September 2019, “It just turns out it was the carrot juice that was causing this crazy pancreatitis.”