In the opening scene of Jobs -- the biopic of the Apple co-founder, billionaire tech entrepreneur and guy who had the dream of making it possible for people to walk down the street with their heads down and thumbs pressed on a tiny video keypad so they don't pay attention to where they're going – Ashon Kutcher takes the stage at an Apple town hall staff meeting.
It is 2001, and he is about to unveil something “insanely cool:” the iPod. Kutcher, a spring in his step, a stoop in his back, bearded and bespectacled, looks and sounds eerily like Steven Jobs, who was 46 back then – and who died a decade later.
In Jobs, in theaters now, Kutcher, 35, plays Jobs from the early 1970s up to that “1,000 songs in your pocket” New Millennial moment. It’s the kind of performance that, if it doesn’t work, it sinks the entire film – you have to believe that you are watching Jobs, or else, what’s the point?
“Ashton was scared,” says Jobs director Joshua Michael Stern. “He was really scared to death about it. I think it was that fear that told him he needed to do it. He felt that unless you’re frightened, it’s not worth doing.”