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Steve Jobs' 'fruitarian' diet put 'jOBS' actor Ashton Kutcher in hospital

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In a talk after the premiere of the Steve Jobs biopic 'jOBS,' Ashton Kutcher said that he suffered a health scare in preparing for the title role as a result of adopting the late Apple cofounder's fruit-only diet.

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Ashton Kutcher plays late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs in jOBS. | Source: jOBS


According to Kutcher, the all-fruit diet lead to pancreatic problems so serious that he was prompted to visit a local hospital for treatment, reports USA Today.

"First of all, the fruitarian diet can lead to like severe issues," Kutcher explained. "I went to the hospital like two days before we started shooting the movie. I was like doubled over in pain."

Those who have seen the film's first screening said it suggests Jobs was a proponent of the diet.

"My pancreas levels were completely out of whack. It was really terrifying ... considering everything," Kutcher added, alluding to the pancreatic cancer that ultimately took Jobs' life on Oct. 5, 2011.

Other than taking on Jobs' diet, Kutcher prepared for the role by studying hours of Steve Jobs footage to replicate the tech guru's mannerisms, including a hunched-over walk and unique speech cadence.

Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, jOBS takes place over the defining 30 years of Jobs' life, including pivotal moments in Apple history such as the launch of the first Mac and the iPod.

The film has garnered mixed reviews with critics, but Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak went on record as being somewhat critical of the characters' authenticity.

After having a well-received premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, jOBS is schedule to open nationwide on April 19.
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"My pancreas levels were completely out of whack. It was really terrifying ... considering everything," he added, alluding to the pancreatic cancer that ultimately took Jobs' life on Oct. 5, 2011.

He seems to have some sort of delusions of grandeur as if having facial features like Jobs makes them kindred spirits.

"The actor and the entrepreneur had personal similarities, Kutcher said. "We both have a ravenous interest in the tech space."

"He's a guy that failed and got back on the horse," said Kutcher. "I think we can all sort of relate to that in some place in our life where we are moving forward with something and we fall down. You have to have the guts to get back up and go again. I think I share that as well."

"Kutcher, 34, has said he considers Jobs his most personal film to date."

http://www.t3.com/news/ashton-kutcher-believes-he-was-meant-to-play-steve-jobs

He said: "He believes the role was meant for him," and will "prove to the world that this is the right part for him.”

"The physical resemblance is actually scary, but he himself connects with this man in a very significant way. Of course he’s a big techie. He has a personal affinity to what Steve Jobs accomplished.
Ashton is a much more intense individual than a lot of his current roles represent. We are feeling convinced that he’s gonna nail this.”

So now with the Pancreas trouble, he's practically Steve reincarnate.

He's got that RDF nailed down at least.

It seems like this is just an attempt to drum up publicity for the movie but either way, it's in very poor taste. Steve died from cancer, not from eating too much fruit.
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Interesting to say the least

But didnt Jobs say on record that he ate more than just fruit? I could be wrong.
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File under schadenfreude but this is the first time I've been happy about Kutcher taking this role.

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Originally Posted by blackbook View Post
But didnt Jobs say on record that he ate more than just fruit? I could be wrong.

 

Yep. He loved sushi, for example. But for a time in the '70s, that's all he tried to do. Emphasis on 'tried'.

 

Hopefully Kutcher wasn't stupid enough to emulate Jobs' attempt at not showering, but since he WAS stupid enough to do this…

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Yep. He loved sushi, for example. But for a time in the '70s, that's all he tried to do. Emphasis on 'tried'.

Hopefully Kutcher wasn't stupid enough to emulate Jobs' attempt at not showering, but since he WAS stupid enough to do this…

Do you know that the Japanese are about 40 years away from running out of fish? I know I know, citation needed. I saw it on a documentary. Can't remember the name of it.
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post #7 of 61
Pancreas level? Um, what? (Stares blankly) Is that a thing?

"Pancreas level" sounds like something Dr. Nick Riviera would say.

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"First of all, the fruitarian diet can lead to like severe issues," Kutcher explained. "I went to the hospital like two days before we started shooting the movie. I was like doubled over in pain."
 

 

Kutcher speaks as if he was like, some teenage girl who like, was texting someone.

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post #9 of 61
I call BS until I see some hospital paperwork
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God, this movie is gonna s u c k

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post #11 of 61
Haha! Kelso, you = no Steve Jobs. Shouldn'ta quit your day job: being Demi Moore's mid-life crisis toy.

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Kutcher speaks as if he was like, some teenage girl who like, was texting someone.

 

Like OMG!  I thought the same thing, fo' reelz.  Word?

 

Ugh.

 

On a serious note, I can't decide if I want to see this movie or not.  It lost a bit for me when Woz said it's nothing like what really happened.  Guess we'll see.  And I can guarantee you it's going to be hard for me to see Kutcher as Jobs, I still see him as Kelso when I'm watching 2 1/2 men.

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Originally Posted by dasanman69 View Post
Do you know that the Japanese are about 40 years away from running out of fish?


Bah! You can't run out of fish. 


Originally Posted by Suddenly Newton View Post
"Pancreas level" sounds like something Dr. Nick Riviera would say.

 

"Hi, everybody!"
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"Oh, no! Your pancreas level is too low. We'll have to amputate!"

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It seems like this is just an attempt to drum up publicity for the movie but either way, it's in very poor taste. Steve died from cancer, not from eating too much fruit.

 

 I'm no doctor and I don't want to disrespect SJ memories, but he died from complication of pancreatic cancer which is the organs who control sugar assimilation.  As healthful fruits can be, a 100% sugar regime is not healthy, we need just as much proteins and fats in our alimentation, everything is a question of quantity and diversity, fail one and you will see the hospital often.  Any radical regime is bad for you in the long run.


Edited by BigMac2 - 1/28/13 at 5:03pm
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I'm no doctor and I don't want to disrespect SJ, but he died from complication of pancreatic cancer which is the organs who control sugar.  As healthful fruits can be, a 100% sugar meals are not healthy, are body need just as much proteins and fats.  Any radical regime is bad for you in the long run.

 

Thankfully fruit isn't "100% sugar" and he wasn't a fruitarian for very long, so it very probably wasn't responsible.

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Bah! You can't run out of fish. 

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Interesting to say the least

But didnt Jobs say on record that he ate more than just fruit? I could be wrong.

 

Yep. He loved sushi, for example. But for a time in the '70s, that's all he tried to do. Emphasis on 'tried'.

 

As written in Walter Isaacson SJ bio, in his college's years, he's been on a farm for 2 years eating only apples, making it his favourite fruit and why he choose this name for his first company. 

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Pancreas level? Um, what? (Stares blankly) Is that a thing?

"Pancreas level" sounds like something Dr. Nick Riviera would say.

Or Dr. Leo Spaceman.

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jOKE
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Or Dr. Leo Spaceman.

Perhaps we need to consult an analyst and therapist such as Dr. Tobias Fünke the worlds first analrapist.



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Or Dr. Leo Spaceman.

That's Doctorb with a "b". The b is for brilliant!

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This reminds me of the famous story about how Dustin Hoffman, in preparing for his role in "Marathon Man", stayed awake for 72 hours to play his exhausted character as convincingly as possible. His co-star, Sir Laurence Olivier, asked him why he looked so tired and haggard; when Hoffman explained what he'd done, Olivier said "Try *ACTING*, dear boy; it's much easier!"
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Pancreas level? Um, what? (Stares blankly) Is that a thing?

"Pancreas level" sounds like something Dr. Nick Riviera would say.

Well, actually yeah Newton, dude. If your liver levels go nuts which they will when you ... like... um...  (stares blankly) ... well then you pancreas levels go waaayyy out.

 

An actor must do whatever he must to find the character he is portraying, but why fruitarianism? How about just parking in handicapped zones, or any of about a  thousand other self obsessed obsessive megalomaniacal behavioural traits ascribed to Steve Jobs. Regardless, the fruitarianism clearly didn't work in any deep sense. It seems to have brought him closer to Homer Simpson.

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 I'm no doctor and I don't want to disrespect SJ memories, but he died from complication of pancreatic cancer which is the organs who control sugar assimilation.  As healthful fruits can be, a 100% sugar regime is not healthy, we need just as much proteins and fats in our alimentation, everything is a question of quantity and diversity, fail one and you will see the hospital often.  Any radical regime is bad for you in the long run.

 

 

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post #25 of 61

Ashton and steve both have something very important in common. They Both Smoked weed!

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Interesting to say the least

But didnt Jobs say on record that he ate more than just fruit? I could be wrong.

Many fruitarians do. If it falls from a tree or comes from a vine above ground they will eat it. So many nuts and seeds count.

And they vary the fruits so not everything makes their insulin levels shoot up. This is probably where Aston messed up. No protein from nuts etc and too much high glycemic fruit at once

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Humans are carnivorous. We need at least some meat because it contains iron and other nutrients you can't get from just fruits and vegetables, which is why Steve probably got pancreatic cancer. In my life I have not known one middle-aged vegetarian that lived to be an elderly vegetarian. Ashton obviously didn't talk to a doctor first before changing to such an extreme diet.

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Humans are omnivorous.

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This announcement by Kutcher has the whiff of planned marketing about it. Liked he wolfed down only fruit for an entire day and then predictably got the cramps, just so he could "truthfully" say this.

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I was there. He sounded as ridiculous in person as he does in the article. He said one thing he learned from studying Steve Jobs was to say 'no' more often (for example, to turn down roles and high-society event invitations that are a burden on him. As if everyone in the audience could relate to having this problem).

The movie wasn't a total failure, but it's no better than a Lifetime movie-of-the-week. I find it hard to believe that it was well received.
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This idea that the actors need to enter into the skin of the character they interpret in real life has always been ridiculous to me. I heard many great actors say that it was ridiculous and acting was just a job like any other, no need to pretend to have your life changed because of a part.
But if that works for him, fine.
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Bah! You can't run out of fish. 

 

 

Of course you can. Japan is running out of red tuna for example and the species is going to be extinct if we all continue eating it that much.

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Humans are carnivorous. We need at least some meat because it contains iron and other nutrients you can't get from just fruits and vegetables, which is why Steve probably got pancreatic cancer. In my life I have not known one middle-aged vegetarian that lived to be an elderly vegetarian. Ashton obviously didn't talk to a doctor first before changing to such an extreme diet.


It's not iron that we need from meat the most, but complex proteins.

It's possible to only eat vegetables and eggs, but you really need to like soja beans.

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Do you know that the Japanese are about 40 years away from running out of fish? I know I know, citation needed. I saw it on a documentary. Can't remember the name of it.


40 years away of running out of OUR COMMON fish, would be more accurate.

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Of course you can. Japan is running out of red tuna for example and the species is going to be extinct if we all continue eating it that much.


Mainly fished in the Mediterranean. In "debated" legal conditions.

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Bah! You can't run out of fish. 

 

"Hi, everybody!"
"Hi, Suddenly Newton!"
"Oh, no! Your pancreas level is too low. We'll have to amputate!"


Due to the lack of use of his brain, Ashton K. will have to be amputated from his head... now, that's bad. Isn't it? :p

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Humans are carnivorous.

Humans are omnivorous, not carnivorous. They eat "everything" (which is a bit exaggerated as a definition, imho, since all plasmavorous middle aged humans I met died a very fiery death...)

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post #38 of 61
If Steve knew before he died that this complete and utter tosser was going to play him in a biopic. It would probably be enough motivation to stay alive so he could kill the project off first.
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It's not iron that we need from meat the most, but complex proteins.
It's possible to only eat vegetables and eggs, but you really need to like soja beans.

I think you mean 'complete' protein. Which means the 8 proteins out of the 22 that dna codes for, that we cannot produce. Lots of things contain complete protein, like potatoes for example. In other words it's possible to live on potatoes, which would also be a good source of carbohydrates which is the main source of currency that our body uses to get the energy to build structures that require energy to put together.
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