As we know, while filming the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic jOBS, Ashton Kutcher all but disappeared into the title role. “Is Ashton going to be on set today?” people would ask, probably. “Ashton is on set today — he’s right over there,” someone would respond. “Wait, you mean that Steve Jobs ghost? Or…Wait, is he behind the ghost? I don’t see him.” “No, no! He IS THE GHOST!” “AHHH!” But according to new reports from the actor himself, not only did he disappear physically and mentally, but also dietarily. Just the best. From Movieline:

Ashton Kutcher not only took on Steve Jobs’ persona as a tech magnate, he also adopted the late Apple founder’s alleged fruitarian diet in preparation for the role, which sent him to the hospital, the actor revealed following the premiere of jOBS at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend.

Often considered a subset of veganism, fruitarianism is a diet that consists of fruit, nuts and seeds, solely without animal products, vegetables and grains. Motivations for fruitarianism range from ethical, health, religious and environmental or other reasons.

“First of all, the fruitarian diet can lead to, like, severe issues,” Kutcher told USA Today. “I went to the hospital like two days before we started shooting the movie. I was like doubled over in pain. My pancreas levels were completely out of whack. It was really terrifying…considering everything.” Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in October 2011.

…Considering everything. Hahah. Terrible. “No spoilers, but…eek!” It is so weird how this totally healthy-sounding diet that makes sense in terms of what humans need to eat to remain alive and also the way humans think about what they’re eating and why did not either make Ashton Kutcher the healthiest man alive OR bring him any closer to the character he was trying to embody. (Or maybe it did? I guess he doesn’t say if it did or not. We’ll see!) So sad. Luckily shouting at people who work for you and being an asshole in general remains safe. More behind the scenes jOBS news as it is released.

Comments (27)
  1. I enjoy that the quote keeps in the ‘like’ verbal tic.

    • I say “like” a LOT and being nervous (interviewed, for example) just magnifies that tic. iFEEL you Kutcher, is what I’m saying.

    • Exactly. Hey Ashton, is it LIKE severe issues or IS it severe issues?

      • I pretend that when he says he was “like doubled over in pain” he was actually doubled over in laughter, because I can see how the two could be seen as similar.

        I do take issue with him saying that he went to the hospital “like two days before” they started shooting for the film, because I was timing him and it was exactly two days, and I made this very clear in the letter if he had actually bothered to read it, which he obviously didn’t.

  2. I thought the Steve Jobs diet was alternating meals of apples and mac and cheese.

  3. I couldn’t go for very long without iTalian food. Or iNdian for that matter.

  4. I’m no doctor, but I’m pretty sure “pancreas levels” isn’t a thing.

  5. “The only thing that sucks more than this movie is Apple, itself.” – facetaco

  6. Was Steve Jobs really a fruitarian? Because when I Google “steve jobs fruitarian,” I mostly just get this story. I think Ashton should look up the word “alleged” before his next method undertaking. Unlike “gullible,” it’s actually in the dictionary.

    • He was more of a vegan, but ate a lot of fruit. I would know, I read the first 200 pages of the Steve Jobs biography before giving up.

      • I read his biography which was basically just a really long MacWorld article and the shitty author said he was a fruititarian and that indeed they do believe his fucked up diets almost certainly had something to do with his cancer, but mostly it was that he did nothing for like 9 months and tried to cure it himself with herbs or some stupid shit. Had he acted sooner with western medicine he likely would have survived.

  7. Dude Where’s My Carbs?

  8. You know how Daniel Day Lewis actually kind of looked a bit like Lincoln, at least enough that when I watch Lincoln (the trailer for Lincoln) I don’t think about the actor.

    Yeah, isn’t really happening right now. Nothing will convince me that it’s Steve Jobs and not Ashton Kutcher.

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