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Ashton Kutcher To Play Steve Jobs In Upcoming Film 215

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An anonymous reader writes "Variety is reporting that Ashton Kutcher – who you likely recognize from That 70s Show, Punked, and Two and a Half Men – has been tapped to play Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in an indie film titled 'Jobs', based on a script from Matt Whiteley. The film will chronicle Steve Jobs from wayward hippie to co-founder of Apple, where he became one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of our time."
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Ashton Kutcher To Play Steve Jobs In Upcoming Film

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  • First (Score:5, Funny)

    by neo00 (1667377) on Monday April 02, 2012 @01:31AM (#39546413)
    of April?
  • Pointless, likely (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Stormwatch (703920) <rodrigogirao&hotmail,com> on Monday April 02, 2012 @01:35AM (#39546437) Homepage

    Will this movie offer anything that "Pirates of Silicon Valley" didn't? I doubt it.

    • Will this movie offer anything that "Pirates of Silicon Valley" didn't?

      Johnny Depp as the quirky but lovable captain Larry Ellison of HMS Oracle?

      • Johnny Depp as the quirky but lovable captain Larry Ellison of HMS Oracle?

        Interestingly enough, Johnny Depp is going to be in this movie - as Captain Jack Sparrow.

    • by jamesh (87723)

      Will this movie offer anything that "Pirates of Silicon Valley" didn't? I doubt it.

      I don't recall anyone uttering a phrase beginning with "Dude, where's my -" in "Pirates of Silicon Valley". If they can slip Steve Jobs saying that in the new movie then I'd watch it.

    • by crutchy (1949900)
      of course!

      there will be a whole new series of sequels, with the first titled "Patent Wars: The Stubborn Menace", starring Darl (McBride) Vader of the Imperial SCO Fleet battling the slightly more well-dressed than scum Novell Alliance.

      Then there will be "Patent Wars Episode II: Attack of the Apples", with an army of black-skivvy-wearing fanboi clones in an epic battle against the Jedi masters of Samsung... "fong pei!!"
    • by necro81 (917438)
      Well, other than the triumphant years of Jobs' return to Apple? Yeah, probably nothing. I'd put Noah Wyle up against Kutcher any day.
    • by jamstar7 (694492)
      That was my thinking as well. Noah Wyle nailed the role down tight in 'Pirates'.
  • What's the hype? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 02, 2012 @01:37AM (#39546445)

    I still don't get why Steve Jobs is revered. To me he was just another guy who wanted to make a lot of money at the expense of loyal fans of products that were not even designed by him.

    • I'd explain why to you, but I don't feel like going over the history of the iMac, iTunes, the iPod, iPhone, and the iPad.

      • by thesandtiger (819476) on Monday April 02, 2012 @09:53AM (#39548835)

        I think the problem is the idea of "revered" - I mean, maybe some people do "revere" him, though to me that seems a bit silly.

        Jobs was an amazing businessman and had a genius for marketing, no doubt. He's certainly comparable to other legendary business types on those notes, and may be the best in history in those areas.

        One thing I note on slashdot is that a lot of people get pissy when the business people who make things happen get any credit, and instead they want to focus on the geeks who invented stuff. And that makes a certain kind of sense, to be sure - I mean, what Woz did was impressive, and it's hard to be a good businessman without a good product.

        The problem is this:

        What would have become of things if it were just Woz? I sincerely doubt that Apple would have been anything but one of those things that barely anyone outside of a handful of people remember, kind of like some people nowadays remember some really neat but obscure BBS software from back in the day.

        Woz made things that Jobs was able to work with to make Apple huge. Without Woz and his kit, I think Jobs would have almost certainly found some other opportunity to get involved with and turn into something huge.

        I don't think Woz, by himself, would have done much but make really neat stuff to give away. Which is really nice of him, but he would be completely obscure by this point in time unless someone like Jobs came along and brought his stuff to the masses.

        Personally, I have a lot more respect for the Woz than I do for Jobs, but even so I cannot deny that without a Jobs-type Woz would just be some bearded nerd who makes cool shit that nobody outside of certain very small circles ever heard of.

        • I wish I had something meaningful or interesting to add, but I don't. I just wanted to say I appreciate your post.

    • Re:What's the hype? (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Dr Max (1696200) on Monday April 02, 2012 @02:54AM (#39546703)
      Like it or not he made a huge amount of money telling certain types of people what to like. So much money in fact that he has influenced many other tech companies and their products for better or worse. Personally I don't like the man, or what he did one bit, but i do respect his power to lead a cult and make coin.
    • by Sitnalta (1051230)

      Because he made a company that's richer than most sovereign nations.

      True, if he were born today he'd just be a cocky asshole with little or no future. But he WAS born in the right time with the right skills, and did something notable. Which is true for all billionaires.

    • I've had a few toxic bosses and coworkers in my life, so I too am lukewarm about revering an asshole. Like it or not, he WAS a talented business man and a significant innovator.

      • by junkgoof (607894)
        Difference is most control freak bosses will tank all their projects. Jobs was able to control freak to success. Sigh, my clueless ex-PHB is reading his biography and taking the lesson that control freakiness is good (dude, stick to scapegoating and work on the neglect, it will be better for everyone, or duct-tape yourself to your chair). It's not good if everything fails when you touch it. You can (should?) get away with too much involvement if you are a genius in matching technology to consumers.
        Job
    • Building humanity into everything that you do is a worthy life endeavor, building human touches into objects people can appreciate, building bridges that people need beyond products are touchstones that are the marque of SteveJobs.

      Generations will pass before its accepted and understood what SteveJobs ' designed' after products mimicking feature failure after feature failure trying to replicate Steve's ' products' are similar but remain lacking and unsatisfying...products - which fail for reasons, primarily

    • by l0ungeb0y (442022)

      Why is Jobs so revered?
      Because he had VISION.
      Because he was willing to take RISKS.
      Because he did NOTHING HALF-ASSED.

      Your lack of respect someone who's not a hands on engineer is a mirror to engineering's perception that management and MBA types have no respect for them. Just because some one's occupation is different than yours does not make their efforts or contribution any less significant. How many companies have you founded? How many of those companies have become household names? How many of those have

    • by idji (984038)
      Because
      - he made the largest IT company in the world.
      - he was not a geek, and appealed to "arty" types - so way less competition for "reverence".
      - he marketed things that the market didn't know it wanted.
      and probably lots of others.
    • He made a lot of money. Does not matter if you are a total scumbag, if you make money, you are revered. It's the American way.

      I wonder if the film will protray Steve Jobs as an idea theif, and patent troll? Or would that be too accurate?

  • Are they going to include how Jobs and Woz raised seed capital by selling "blue boxes" (long distance call billing bypass devices) to organized crime? (As documented by Esquire magazine.)

    • by gl4ss (559668)

      which is what sums up the bullshit that IP laws are and how the rules are different. circumvent drm and sell the solution and you're thrown into jail now, do it with friends and you're thrown into jail for organized crime.

      dud of a movie though if they don't include that, it's one of the most exciting times of woz and steve's careers - and it could contrast nicely with jobs yelling about ip theft and stealing pixars movies/pirating music in later stage in the movie, if they interlaced the scenes nicely.

  • And thousand of fanbois goes "nutso" because Ashton isn't "deep" enough to play first class prima donna Jobs :)

    If serious about that (and I don't know if this ain't still April Fools) Ashton have really good look alike similarity to early Jobs, he has good screen energy (yeah, I know it gets wasted on lot of useless things, but still - he has charisma), and I guess he is really aching to prove himself as good actor. And material is interesting - Jobs was complex persona. Maybe it will work, I don't know.

    Any

    • And thousand of fanbois goes "nutso" because Ashton isn't "deep" enough to play first class prima donna Jobs :)

      If serious about that (and I don't know if this ain't still April Fools) Ashton have really good look alike similarity to early Jobs, he has good screen energy (yeah, I know it gets wasted on lot of useless things, but still - he has charisma), and I guess he is really aching to prove himself as good actor. And material is interesting - Jobs was complex persona. Maybe it will work, I don't know.

      Anyway, as any artistic rendering - you can watch it, you can pirate it, you can ignore it. Your choice.

      It isn't because he's not deep.

      It's because Ashton Kutcher is a bad actor.

  • That blows...
  • ...and in my head ABSOLUTELY I pictured Kutcher playing Jobs!

    ==============

    Apple headquarters, main boardroom. It is full of executives in suits and ties.

    John Sculley: Right, all those in favor, say 'aye'.

    (all hands go up)

    Everyone: Aye!!

    (Steve enters, wearing jeans, sneakers, and a denim shirt. His hands are full.)

    Steve: Alrighty, folks, I got pizzas and Shastas. Now let's get this meeting started! (silence.) What?

    Front of the building.

    (Steve is bum-rushed out the front doors. Lying on
  • by WillyWanker (1502057) on Monday April 02, 2012 @08:25AM (#39547979)

    Get a douchebag to play a douchebag! Genius!

  • but he did a pretty good job in butterfly effect. he is "capable" of being a good actor with depth, and i think he could pull of a convincing steve jobs. however, i do whole-heartedly agree that he is a giant douche
  • But, can Kutcher even do mean-spirited?
  • Most of the published material on Steve's personal life is from Isaacson's recent bestseller. I dont think a biopic would be that interesting without it.
  • to not go see that movie. How did Ashton Kutcher manage to get himself a career as an actor? Rob Schneider could probably do a better job than Kutcher, as could any of a thousand other people, many of whom aren't even actors.

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