April 2, 2012

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs: Can it work?

You’ve already emailed your friend to say how crazy is it, or proved your contrarian cred by saying you thought it could actually work. There’s little middle ground in the debate over whether Ashton Kutcher can pull off the role of Steve Jobs — which, as we learned on April Fools' Day, he will attempt to do in an independent film that begins shooting this spring.

On the one hand, Kutcher has that breezy vibe that characterized a young Jobs. And Kutcher has acted in dramas, though before reading some of these stories we never thought we'd see "acclaimed" and "Spread" in the same sentence. Kutcher taking on the Jobs part also prevents him from acting with Justin Bieber anytime soon.

On the other hand, he’s Ashton Kutcher — the guy who hosted an MTV reality show, starred in "Dude, Where's My Car?," fumbled away interest in a hit CBS sitcom. Also, he’s Ashton Kutcher.

Kutcher's Jobs movie is the second feature about the Apple co-founder that's currently in the planning stages, after Sony's as-yet-uncast adaptation of Walter Isaacson's biography. Dueling projects often lead to one movie flopping (“Infamous,” or this weekend’s “Mirror Mirror”) or not getting made at all. So we'd take all this with a grain of salt.

Either way, the Isaacson film suddenly looks a lot more prestigious by comparison.

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