Ashton Kutcher Went On Steve Jobs’ Insane Diet, Nearly Died

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01.28.13 17 Comments

As much as Steve Jobs is revered as a tech figure, the man had some pretty odd ideas about personal health, which is part of the reason he’s dead in the first place, actually. But for jOBS, the upcoming biopic, Ashton Kutcher tried to understand the man by getting into his colon. Take one guess how that one went.

Essentially, Kutcher tried the fruitarian diet Jobs experimented with at one point. Fruitarianism, for those unfamiliar, is not a gay joke. Instead it’s the idea that you shouldn’t rip a plant out of the ground, but only eat that which would naturally fall off a tree. So, it’s a diet heavy on fruits, seeds, and nuts, depending on how strict you are about it.

It ended badly, although not screaming on a toilet surprisingly enough:

…as a result, Kutcher “ended up in the hospital two days before we started shooting the movie,” he said. “I was like doubled over in pain, and my pancreas levels were completely out of whack, which was completely terrifying, considering everything.”

For those wondering what that “considering everything” statement means, remember that Jobs died of pancreatic cancer.

Nearly killing himself seems to have paid off for Kutcher, though. jOBS is getting varied reviews, but he’s consistently praised throughout for nailing the role. Although considering the role is that of a pretty awful person, we don’t know that that’s really a compliment.

Either way, he’s never living down that photo up top, unless there’s a secret Jobs softcore we don’t know about.

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