'Jobs' a convergence of craft, interests for Ashton Kutcher

The Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionAugust 18, 2013 

Film-Q and A-Ashton Kutcher

In this Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 photo, American actor, producer and star of the upcoming biographical drama, "Jobs," Ashton Kutcher poses for a portrait, in New York. The film releases in the US on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP)

DAN HALLMAN — Dan Hallman/Invision/AP

Steve Jobs wasn't the nicest guy in the world, but certainly was one of the most brilliant.

"We wanted to tell an honest tale," said Ashton Kutcher, who plays the late, legendary Apple leader in the superb movie "Jobs," which opened Friday. "In telling an honest tale, you had to honor his faults and his gifts."

Kutcher worked hard perfecting his spot-on portrayal of the driven, visionary Jobs -- light-years from the lovable dopes he's played on "That '70s Show" or "Dude, Where's My Car."

"I had the good fortune of having three months to prepare for the role, which is a liberty I hadn't been afforded before," Kutcher said. "I started by consuming every book or blog or anything I could find that was written about him, watching videos about him. The last 20 years of his life were really well-documented. I started consuming the content he consumed, artists he admired."

The actor known nearly as much for his digital savvy as for his high-profile romances found he had some things in common with Jobs, and related to him well.

"I use Apple products quite a bit," said Kutcher, who in 2009 became the first individual to rack up 1 million Twitter followers; he's now

over 14.6 million. "I have a desktop, laptop, iPad, iPhone, all that stuff. I think we take for granted the simplicity of these objects. The simple details, like when you close your phone, it makes a clicking sound. When you open it, it makes a swishing sound. They're really little, brilliant things that took massive quantities of time and effort and thought."

To those of you hoping for scoop on his well-documented split from Demi Moore or his current lady friend Mila Kunis, sorry.

"One of the things I've learned from social media is the value of privacy," he said. "My own life isn't for public consumption."

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