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Ashton Kutcher: Jobs was like da Vinci

Ashton Kutcher got emotional during a recent interview, lamenting that he had taken Apple founder Steve Jobs “for granted”.

The actor plays the late Apple founder in biopic Jobs, which details the entrepreneur’s life from college dropout to successful businessman.

Steve died in 2011 aged 56 after suffering respiratory arrest in association with pancreatic cancer.

Ashton passed up the chance to meet Steve just six months before his death and explained on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno how he felt about this missed opportunity.

“I was working that day and couldn’t go, and in hindsight I look back and think, I had the opportunity to meet the Leonardo da Vinci of our generation, and I missed it,” he told the talk show host.

“I’ll never forget the moment I heard that he died. I realised I’d taken him for granted, and taken for granted the contribution that he actually gave to society, and I actually had a real emotional moment.”

Ashton also recently took to knowledge website Quora to speak about his role in Jobs.

The 35-year-old studied Steve in great detail in order to portray him correctly, even firing some of his own staff to see what having power is like.

“The idea of playing the role terrified me. The chance to portray someone who not only lived but who is still very relevant and alive in the zeitgeist seemed to be a once-in-a-lifetime challenge,” he wrote.

“I loved what the film stands for. I think with the state of the global economy, inspiring young people to build things is vital. I wanted to remind entrepreneurs that Steve Jobs wasn't always ‘Steve Jobs’, that he struggled, that he failed, and that he rigorously persevered to build something great to improve other people's lives.”

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