Steve Jobs had a reputation for being a genius, but also for being difficult to work with, and it seems Ashton Kutcher, who is playing the late Apple founder in a new movie, is taking his character’s traits a little too much to heart, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
A person working on the indie film, Jobs: Get Inspired tells Radar that the actor refuses to “come out of character” after the cameras stop rolling and that even during lunch he “doesn’t crack.”
“He’s not been nice to people on set. He’s been really mean to everyone, even when he’s off camera,” the source says — going on to claim that Ashton is taking the role so seriously that he won’t even let his rumored fling Mila Kunis on set because she’s a distraction and “he’ll break character.”
“I’ve heard that on Two and a Half Men Ashton is really cool and friendly, even to the extras, and a great guy — that he’s friendly with everyone and goofs around, but it’s been the polar opposite on this movie.”
The insider says that at first he didn’t understand why Ashton was being so terrible to people even when the cameras weren’t rolling, but he was quickly filled in.
“I didn’t understand when he started yelling at people. A PA had to explain to me that Ashton was insistent on staying in character at all times on set. I’m pretty sure this a whole new way of acting for him, it’s kind of bizarre.
“There was preparing for a scene the other day where he had to fire a bunch of people and he got himself really worked up. We were taking a break between filming and sitting around relaxing when Ashton walked past and screamed at us, “If you are just gonna sit in these fu**king cubicles like you’re at home you might as well stay at home.
“Everyone thought he was actually yelling at us to leave, we didn’t realize first of all that he was just ‘being in character.’
“When it came to shooting the actual scene though it played out completely differently. On camera he walks down the hallway and a guy asks ‘are you gonna fire us all?’ And he replies ‘probably’ and walks out. Maybe he decided the screaming option didn’t play so well!
“I think there’s a lot of pressure on Ashton so that’s why he’s being so meticulous about the part, and why he’s being so method. He wants to be taken seriously as an actor and sees this as his big chance.
“Well, he’s certainly got the method acting down to a T- when it comes to that he could give Marlon Brando and Al Pacino a run for their money!
Jobs: Get Inspired is scheduled to be released next year and also stars James Woods, J.K Simmons and Dermot Mulroney.