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Thursday 21 August 2014

Kutcher hopes Jobs will inspire

Ashton Kutcher attended a special screening of Jobs in New York

Ashton Kutcher has said he took on the role of Steve Jobs in the biopic about the late Apple co-creator because he wanted the film to inspire young people.

The Two And A Half Men star attended a special screening of Jobs hosted by The Wall Street Journal at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He told a press conference earlier that day how he had wanted to pass on the inspiration he had taken from Jobs' life.

Ashton said: "I wanted to do this film to inspire young people to create the world they live in. I think that was an ethos of Steve Jobs.

"I found a speech that he gave and he was speaking to high school kids that were about to graduate. He encouraged these kids to maybe go to Paris and try to write poetry or fall in love with two people... maybe this standard education wasn't the greatest means to creative solutions.

"A diverse set of experiences in life could be the greatest education you could have. I found it to be very surprising that would be his opinion. And I think it was an opinion that he carried throughout his life. I think it's a value."

Jobs died two years ago after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 56.

Ashton said that researching the role he found there was a "Steve that Steve didn't always want to show".

He added: "The guy with the glasses and the jeans and black turtleneck and the New Balance shoes giving a keynote speech to present some new, great, next, amazing product... He wasn't always that guy. He actually evolved into that person in the same way that I'm not the same today at 35 as I was at 25, and I was at 15."

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