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jOBS, the Steve Jobs biopic starring Ashton Kutcher as the Apple co-founder, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival Friday night. Kutcher and director Josh Stern spoke about the making of the film, which was met with applause following the screening.
“Everybody has their own opinion about Steve Jobs, and they have something invested in a different part of his story,” Stern told Reuters. “So the challenge is to decide what part of his story to tell, and not disenfranchise anybody.”
Stern continued, “Hazarding a guess and venturing into too much speculation is always dangerous, especially with a character who is so well-known.”
Kutcher, who actually had to play that well-known character in front of the camera, called the experience “terrifying” when he spoke to The Telegraph.
“It's really scary when everyone has a right to be like a legitimate critic,” Kutcher explained. “Because he was very public. There are people here who probably know him way better than I do, who shook his hand, knew him, hung out with him. So that's terrifying. Especially when you're playing somebody that people really admired.”
Kutcher said he watched footage of Jobs and spoke with the late tech innovator’s friends to prepare. He even went on a fruit-only diet, which was dangerous, he told USA Today.
“First of all, the fruitarian diet can lead to like severe issues,” he said. “I went to the hospital like two days before we started shooting the movie. I was doubled over in pain...My pancreas levels were like completely out of whack. It was really terrifying ... considering everything.”
The rest of the country will get to see jOBS when it opens on April 19, the 37th anniversary of Apple’s founding. It is the first of two biopics on Jobs, who died in 2011. Another is being produced by Sony and written by Aaron Sorkin.