LOS ANGELES -- Reviews are splitting right down the middle on "Jobs," the new film about the mercurial Apple impresario who changed the world, Steve Jobs. And critics are equally on the fence about Ashton Kutcher, the veteran funnyman and Steve Jobs look-alike who steps outside of his comic comfort zone in playing the film’s title character.
"I have had the good fortune of being consistently underestimated," Kutcher says, with a hint of resignation. "I think there’s value in that."
The star of TV’s "Two and a Half Men" and screen comedies such as "What Happens in Vegas" may be a bankable source of laughs. But even Kutcher knew he’d be pushing that Apple uphill to convince filmgoers that he was the curmudgeonly genius and not the cute Hollywood King of Twitter.
And that might be unfair. Kutcher, 35, is known for his tech savvy. Asking him if he ever met Jobs is not an off-the-wall question, because they traveled in the same circles.
"Almost," Kutcher says about meeting Jobs, who died of cancer in 2011 at the age of 56. "But I am kind of glad, on playing him, that I didn’t. The people who knew him gave me this great picture of the Good Steve and the Bad Steve that really shaped my performance. Meeting him would have colored that."
-- McClatchy-Tribune News Service