The first glance at how well Ashton Kutcher will play the late Steve Jobs in the upcoming biopic "jOBS" has surfaced in a trailer obtained by "Entertainment Tonight
And Kutcher's not at all the bumbling stoner he played in "That '70s Show" or the vacuous stud as Charlie Sheen's replacement on "Two and a Half Men."
In the clip, Kutcher's Jobs gets in a tiff with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, played by a very hairy Josh Gad. Wozniak, who's convinced no one should see the operating system he's been working on. He tells Jobs he developed the system "for my own. It was just a hobby."
That prospect blows Jobs' mind, however, and he does his best to convince Wozkiak otherwise.
"Your big evolved brain wanted something and you just willed it into existence," Jobs says.
"Nobody wants to buy a computer, nobody!" Wozniak argues.
To which Jobs replies: "How can somebody know what they want if they've never even seen it?"
Gad's most recent role is the bumbling son of the president in the NBC comedy "1600 Penn." He made it that far after a critically heralded role in the Broadway smash, "The Book of Mormon."
The Jobs biopic follows the Apple co-founder along pivotal life points from 1971 onward, developing Apple computer into the corporate mega-giant it is today.
"jOBS" will be released in April, to mark the 37th anniversary of the tech company.
While some initially prickled at the idea of Kutcher in Jobs' trademark black turtleneck, many now praise Kutcher's newfound sensitivity.
"People need to get the Punk'd/Michael Kelso image out of their head for a minute and be open-minded to this choice," one user wrote on an Apple-based message board. "I remember when people scoffed at Heath Ledger portraying The Joker. The guy from 10 Things I Hate About You. But he surprised all of us with that role and won an Oscar for it after his death. Not saying Kutcher will step up his game at that level. It is only an indie film. But like another poster mentioned, he might need a talented director and writer to push him to another level."
Upon seeing the trailer, another blogger agreed.
"The first set visuals supply us a good sense of Kutcher’s acting abilities in such a serious and sensitive portrayal. As goofy and as silly as Ashton Kutcher comes across in regular life, I have this overwhelming gut feeling that this is the perfect role for him," she wrote.
Jobs died on Oct. 5, 2011, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.
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