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Ashton Kutcher is most recognized for his goofy on-screen personae, but underneath the silly facade is a very intelligent, nerdy guy.
Kutcher has built up a reputation as a prankster and a mimbo (male bimbo) because of his practical joke show Punk’d as well as his long-running role as dimwitted hunk, Michael Kelso, on That 70s Show.
But in a recent interview with Elle magazine, Kutcher revealed himself to be surprisingly tech-savvy and intelligent. He created his own investment firm called A-Grade with Guy Oseary and Ron Burkle. Ever since, Kutcher has confidently invested in fledgling companies such as Skype, Spotify, and Airbnb.
Kutcher’s real-life affinity for technology seemed a perfect fit when, in April 2012, Variety announced he was set to play one of the most influential men in the technology industry, the late Steve Jobs – co-founder of Apple Inc.
Still, many questioned whether he was up for the part considering his past work as, primarily, comic relief. Vanity Fair consoled movie-goers with an article titled “How to Handle the News of Ashton Kutcher Being Cast as Steve Jobs Without Giving Up on Hollywood,” in which they jokingly suggested ways on how to deal with the confusion and disappointment over the casting.
Kutcher addressed the barrage of doubt, telling Elle, “People fill in the blanks really fast. They go, 'Oh my God, he's on a show and [plays] stupid, so he must be stupid.' I can't control that, nor do I try to, nor do I want to.”
The director of jOBS, Joshua Michael Stern, was also confident in his decision to have Kutcher play the tech entrepreneur. Stern said, “Jobs is such a present and iconic figure, there would have been push back with whoever you cast.”
Kutcher’s hidden intelligence helped him embody the title character of the biopic, which received good reviews after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
The actor told Elle, “There’s something advantageous about having people underestimate your intellect, insomuch as a lot of things are revealed to you. They assume you don't know what you're talking about, then all of a sudden, you do. And the next thing you know, you have information you wouldn’t normally have."