Add Ashton Kutcher to the list of actors whose Method approach to playing a role resulted in some serious health issues, as Yahoo! Movies reports that the "Punk'd" mastermind was rushed to the hospital a couple of days before commencing with principal photography on "jOBS."
Kutcher has been receiving good reviews for his portrayal of Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs in the biography film that closed the Sundance Film Festival last weekend. Kutcher apparently nails Jobs' look, posture, walk and speaking voice to create an uncanny impersonation (if not always a "great performance"). But there's one thing about Jobs that Kutcher couldn't quite handle: his diet.
Jobs was allegedly a strict "fruitarian," a diet typically followed by those who will eat only foods that can be harvested without killing or damaging the plant. In other words, they eat little more than fruit, nuts and seeds ... not the definition of "well-balanced" by any stretch.
"First of all, the fruitarian diet can lead to, like, severe issues," Kutcher said in an interview with USA Today. "I went to the hospital, like, two days before we started shooting the movie. I was, like, doubled over in pain. My pancreas levels were completely out of whack."
Considering that Jobs died of pancreatic cancer, it made for a "really terrifying" experience for the actor.
Production on "jOBS" started on schedule, with Kutcher returning to his normal diet after being released from the hospital -- apparently to no detriment to his performance.
"jOBS" will hit theaters on April 19, which will mark Apple's 37th anniversary.