‘jOBS’ Set Photos: Ashton Kutcher as Apple CEO Steve Jobs

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:01 pm,

When it was revealed that Ashton Kutcher – star of That ’70s Show and Charlie Sheen’s “replacement” on Two and a Half Men - would be donning the turtlenecks of Apple guru Steve Jobs, most fans cried foul. How could the actor who made a living off exaggerated expressions and pranking celebrities possibly play such a reserved man?

While we may not have any better idea as to how Kutcher will adopt the mannerisms of the late Jobs for his currently-in-production biopic,  jOBs (great title), we do have a better idea of how Kutcher has altered his appearance to become the Apple CEO. Set photos from jOBS have made their way online that show Kutcher as a ’90s version of Jobs, when he was known to don a bowl cut and a sweater vest.

The images themselves come to us courtesy of X17, and we have to say we’re quite surprised at how closely Kutcher resembles Steve Jobs. Some images of Kutcher meant to be Jobs earlier in life leaked online not that long ago, and even those had us impressed. And now these photos give us hope that, at the very least, Kutcher will resemble Jobs throughout his life.

Oftentimes with casting, the producers see something the audience does not. We knew that Daniel Day Lewis was going to do a great job adopting President Lincoln’s mannerisms, for example, but we never could have imagined how closely he would resemble him in full make-up. Here we have the star of such films as The Killers and No Strings Attached looking the part of one of the greatest tech minds the world has ever known:



Obviously looking the part and playing the part don’t go hand in hand, and unfortunately, a lot of the production’s key personnel aren’t as proven as we’d like. First time screenwriter Michael Whiteley and director Joshua Michael Stern (whose last credit was the 2008 Kevin Costner film, Swing Vote) aren’t exactly the people one calls when developing a biopic of this caliber, but we’re open to being pleasantly surprised by their efforts.

Another Steve Jobs biopic is also in the works, with Aaron Sorkin reportedly writing the script – but considering jOBS is already in the midst of filming, that Sorkin version will be consistently judged against this film, regardless of whether it can accumulate more star power.

In addition to Kutcher,  jOBS stars Matthew Modine, Dermot Mulroney, and Josh Gad (as Steve Wozniak). The film was first touted as being a 2012 release, but it seems more likely that it will be out in theaters next year.

What do you think of Ashton Kutcher as an older Steve Jobs? Does he look the part or is it too hard to divorce Kutcher’s persona from the role?


Source: X17 (via Cult of Mac)


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  1. I am wary of this, considering that Jobs death was little more than a year ago. But I am willing to give Kutcher a chance, and if he plays Steve just as well as looking like him from back in the beginning of Apple’s start-up, then I will be pleasantly surprised. However, the makeup and costuming people really did a spectacular job. Power of Hollywood.

  2. online that show Kutcher as a ’90s version of Jobs, when he was known to don a bowl cut and a sweater vest.

  3. Not the biggest Kutcher fan, but he certainly looks the part. Maybe he can surprise us with the role.

  4. Seems like and odd choice other than the obvious fact that they look like twins.

    • Twins? I agree there is a vague resemblance but I just don’t see any striking similarities (that honor still goes to Noah Wyle)

      I also don’t know if he can pull off that certain Jobs spark but we will see soon enough.

      • Don’t let your biases blind you. Kutcher looks more like Steve Jobs than Noah Wyle. Much more.

        And btw, Noah acted nothing like Jobs in the Pirates movie. He had his own sort of charisma, and people thought it was a good performance, but that was because most people didn’t know what Steve Jobs was like at the time.

        Now, everybody knows what Steve Jobs was like from interviews, presentations, etc and it’s obvious Noah Wyle’s portrayal wasn’t accurate. Kutcher has a tougher job for this reason, but I’m confident he will pull it off and surprise his detractors.

        • Not bias and not blinded, just my opinion like your is. ;)

          • Come on… look at the picture at the top of this article. That doesn’t look like twins? You can have an opinion on how good actor Kutcher is, or on his personality. That’s an opinion. But as for whether he looks like a young Steve Jobs, that’s not an opinion- that’s a fact.

  5. I have little faith that Kutcher has the acting chops to convince me that he’s Steve Jobs. Maybe I’m wrong, but I doubt it. Seems more like a candidate for a made-for-TV movie.

  6. Kutcher has always been an underrated dramatic actor. He has shown (Butterfly Effect, The Guardian,etc) that he can indeed transform himself into a character.

    He will surprise a lot of people, I am absolutely confident. And that resemblance is uncanny. Almost scary. Now I can’t imagine anyone else looking more like Jobs in a role.

  7. Jobs was more of an actor than Kutcher ever was or will be, so it is doubtful the movie will be any good.

  8. i feel like biopics should be headed by the Oscar worthy actors, just sayin.

  9. There was a film made about Jobs and Gates in 1999 called ‘Pirates of Silicon Valley’.

    I wonder if this film will also show how much of a douche Jobs was, particularly to his own staff.

  10. I’m cautiously optimistic about this.
    Kutcher does look the part, and he has played a few pretty good dramatic roles before (people always overlook that side of him and just sees him as Kelso from That 70′s Show or some other movie where he plays an idiot).
    When he does comedy, I usually just feel like punching him in the face, but I think people should give the guy a chance here… who know, he might surprise us.

    • Agree completely. Thank God someone on Screen Rant finally shows the intelligence to understand that you don’t judge an actor by the roles they play. It’s ACTING. Just because Kutcher plays goofy characters doesn’t mean he’s really goofy or can’t act. Playing goofy comedy characters also requires acting skills.

      When I saw Kutcher in The Guardian, my first impression was astonishment: the guy could actually act! He believably inhabited the character completely. Since then, I’ve respected him as a dramatic actor.

      I believe this is the role which will make people realise how silly it is to judge a person’s acting ability by the role they play. Kutcher will nail this, and prove- again- what a talented dramatic actor he is. I can’t wait.

  11. Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs? What’s next, Britney Spears as Hillary Clinton?